Obama and the BVM
Who knew? I pass along a PoliticsDaily item I wrote about this news, which I had missed until Catholic World News reported it:
…[D]uring her vacation in Spain in August, First Lady Michelle Obama revealed that her husband — a.k.a. President Obama — “always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet.”
Mary Help of Christians is the patroness of the Salesian order of priests and nuns, and during an Aug. 13 visit to the Spanish city of Ronda with her daughter, Sasha, the first lady stopped at the Salesian community there.
According to the Salesian news service, she told the priest in charge that her husband “always carries with him a photograph with an image of Mary Help of Christians, to whom, those present reported, the first family of the United States has great devotion.”
Of course, as I note, Mary Help of Christians was famously invoked during the Battle of Lepanto and the Seige of Vienna, both battles of Christendom against Ottoman Turks — the Muslims. So what that says about Obama’s Muslim bona fides, I don’t know.