WASHINGTON – Five former US ambassadors to the Vatican have endorsed Mr Mitt Romney in his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the presidency.

The Romney campaign released the ambassadors’ statement on Jan 7, three days before the New Hampshire primary, customarily the first such primary in the nation every presidential election year.

The former ambassadors, all Catholics, said in their statement they were “united in our wholehearted support for the candidacy of Mitt Romney for the presidency of the United States because of his commitment to and support of the values that we feel are critical in a national leader.”

They called Mr Romney’s “superior understanding of America’s key role in our increasingly interdependent world and his appreciation of the fact that sound economic and social policies must rest on a healthy culture” as the basis for their decision.
“We are confident that he understands the importance of strong families as pillars of a vibrant economy and a flourishing polity,” the ambassadors said. “Romney is a staunch defender of the principle that every human being should be welcomed in life and protected by law from conception to natural death.”

One signatory, Mr Thomas Melady, Vatican ambassador during the presidency of George HW Bush, told Catholic News Service the group of ambassadors who signed were “very balanced and ecumenical”.

The other signatories were Ms Mary Ann Glendon, Mr Jim Nicholson, Mr Francis Rooney and Mr Raymond Flynn. - CNS

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