Following Vatican Visit, Melania Trump Spokeswoman Confirms First Lady Is Catholic

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(Washington Post) After she met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, first lady Melania Trump confirmed a little-known fact about her faith: She is Catholic. And she described the visit with the leader of the Catholic Church as “one I’ll never forget.”

While President Trump referenced his Presbyterian identity during the campaign, her faith did not come up. He and the first lady were married in 2005 in an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Fla., where their son Barron Trump was later baptized.

Her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed in an email that Melania Trump identifies as Catholic, but Grisham did not respond to questions about whether the first lady attends Mass regularly at a specific parish and whether the first family are current members of a church. The first lady, who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, grew up in what is today Slovenia, which has been heavily influenced by Catholicism.

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  • InTheChurch

    She might be closer to God than Donald.

    • BuckeyePhysicist

      The Lord put 1 Corinthians 7:14 on my heart as I read your post.

      • InTheChurch

        Great verse and Donald is covered by his wife.

    • Puppy

      NOOOOO!!! TRUMP is the AntiChrist, Melania has no relationship with GOD, outside of SATAN! Her parents are ATHEIST That is how she grew up in her home.She was Atheist until TRUMP was TOLD to run for president.. DON’T BELIEVE Them! That is how they fool you all say “God bless you and God bless America.” Somehow people forget that Obama always ended his speeches with “And God bless the United States of America.” So that is what politicians do. I have heard that speech writers always tell presidents to put lots of “God-words” into every speech. That is how they win the people to think they are good men.But they aren’t it’s HOW THEY TRICK!!! The American peoples, they can’t,win as Satanist

    • Puppy

      The Speech Writers, always tell the US politicians to put lots of “God-words” into every speech and say God Bless America that is the only WAY THEY CAN WIN!! They can’t run as Satanist as they would lose, no American would vote for a Satanist in public, so THEY DECEIVE The American peoples, TRUMP is setting up a ONE WORLD Religion, HE SAID IT!! IN HIS OWN WORDS!!! TRUMP Claims we ALL worship the same GOD that is a LIE!!! Judaism does not have God the Father because its rabbis rejected Jesus the Son of God: he who hath not the Son hath not the Father. Islam worships Allah who is Satan and not God. By “Christianity”, Trump meant the 1.1 billion Roman Catholics who worship Mary the Queen of Heaven.

  • BuckeyePhysicist

    What wonderful news this was yesterday — and on the Feast of the Ascension no less!

  • bowie1

    However Episcopal is not a Catholic Church but is Anglican or Church of England.

  • Reason2012

    Acts 8.36-37 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest [be baptized]. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

    Matthew 23.9 “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

    Ephesians 2.8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

    Exodus 20.4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven [carved] image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”

    1 Timothy 2.5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

    Luke 1.46-47 “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

    Hebrews 7.27 “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he [Jesus] did once, when he offered up himself.”

    Hebrews 10.10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

    Matthew 7:13-15 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

    Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

    • Parodyx

      The tired old “Call no man Father” thing. You guys really need new material. That’s known as a PRATT (Previously Refuted a Thousand Times).

      • Amos Moses

        all i see is scripture ….. and then you say “PRATT” ….. scripture has not been refuted ….. ever ….. except by the unregenerate narcissists who are legends in their own minds and are want to believe their own propaganda ………… NUFFIN ……….

        • Parodyx

          This is a good time to school you on what it means to have an interpretation of the words of scripture. Scripture also says call no man “leader” or “teacher” yet that is somehow acceptable. This is hypocrisy on a grand scale, Amos. What are we to make of the Scriptures that contradict this one? For example, in Mark 7:9-13, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees and scribes for not honoring their “fathers.”

          Jesus was using hyperbole – exaggeration to make a point – just as when he said that you can’t be his disciple unless you hate your father and mother. Obviously he doesn’t mean REALLY hate them. And in Matthew 23 he’s not saying you can’t call your biological father “father” – what else are you supposed to call him? The point being made here is that you shouldn’t confuse anyone on earth with God the father. So you can call your biological father “father”, you can call your adoptive father “father” and you can call religious figures “father” without violating the meaning of what Jesus said.

          Want to see examples in scripture? St. Paul refers to himself as different people’s father in the faith. He calls Timothy “my son in the faith”. John in his epistles refers to his readers as “my little children”.

          So the father-son relationships are found all over the Bible. You either have to say that the Bible’s contradicting itself or leave room for interpretation, in this case hyperbole in the language used. And let’s not forget how many interpretations the original words have already been through.

          • Reason2012

            Jesus criticizes the Pharisees and scribes for not honoring their “fathers.”

            Yes, your biological mother and father you are to honor. The difference is between honoring your parents and giving someone you’re not even related to some sort of mastery title over you, that you’re not even related to, as “your father”, which is what the Pharisees did, and what catholics even now demand people do, and they give their priests the title “Father so-and-so”, not to mention “Pope”, the word which comes from the Latin papa, which means “father.”

            “[Jesus] Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”
            Matthew 23:2-10

            Catholics priests love being called of others “Father, Father!”, wearing their enlarged garments. But what does Jesus say about using titles of mastery, including “Father”? Commands us to do no such thing. But catholics expose others as disobeying God by calling all their priessts Father!”

            Paul refering to others as his spiritual son is different from Him demanding they call him “Father” as if he’s their master.

            And that nothing but Scripture was cited above in my original post above and clearly that offended you as having been “refuted”, which as Amos points out: you’re unwittingly admitting that cahotlicism rejects, or attempts to ‘refute’, God’s Word.

            God’s Word exposes catholicism as the anti-Christ religion it truely is, and all the above verses, most of which you ignored, will show others who God has opened their eyes to His Word, and they’ll see it clearly.

          • Parodyx

            So your complaint is also against the Jews who call their leaders “rabbi” then, too, correct? Any particular reason you’re raging against Catholics but not Jews? Don’t bother answering that. I know the answer.

            Funny there’s no comment on the examples I gave about Paul and John using the “father” example as they did and in the same circumstances. This is called hypocrisy, when you attack one group for doing it but overlook it when it appears in scripture.

          • Reason2012

            So your complaint is also against the Jews who call their leaders “rabbi” then, too, correct?

            If they did it and still do it, then yes, according to Christ, we’re commanded not to.

            Any particular reason you’re raging against Catholics but not Jews? Don’t bother answering that. I know the answer.

            Jewish people that reject Christ are making no false pretense at following Him, so of course they’re going to ignore what God / Jesus commands. Catholicism makes a pretense at following Christ and yet ignores many things Jesus / God has made clear, fooling others who do not know better because they do not check the Bible for themselves, bringing them down to_hell with them.

            Funny there’s no comment on the examples I gave about Paul and John using the “father” example as they did and in the same circumstances.

            Read it again, I addressed it. Feel free to address what I said with what’s supposedly wrong.

          • Parodyx

            You’re SUCH a fundamentalist, all you can do is attack other beliefs without taking even a fraction of a second to understand them. You have no idea of the difference between worship and simple respect, NOBODY worships the pope or thinks he can get you into heaven, nor does anyone think a priest is going to do that. “Father” is a simple title of respect, but you zero in on ONE mention of “call no man father”, elect to take that ONE instance literally, and ignore all the other incidents in the Bible where it goes by and you don’t say boo about it.

          • Puppy

            Where do you get that belief from? Not everyone believes that Jesus is LORD and some believe there are many ways in Heaven despite what Jesus said in John 14:6. (Joel Osteen) Claims Jesus is NOT the only way,to,Heaven, The Catholic Church goes against scripture,. Roman Catholicism practices false teachings that are leading many followers ASTRAY (turning apostate, lacking discernment, and becoming blinded to the truth).Catholics are sincere, but sincerely deceived and must leave the church. in Catholic thelogy Mary and Jesus are given equal status..Mary was a godly woman; but she is not the Queen of Heaven.Not,what they make her out to be in worship

            The Roman Catholic Church,worships the pope, saints and the dead. Mary, the list goes on and on, the Church that Jesus built has nothing to do with the Vatican despite what you think many Catholics do worship the Pope, lots of Christians worship the Pope and see him as Holy.

          • Parodyx

            They have different beliefs than you do, that’s why you’ve been taught to hate them. But the simple fact is they are trinitarian Chrisians, despite all your conspiracy theories about Mary and the Pope. If they worship the pope, saints and the dead, why don’t you tell me who that guy is hanging on the CROSS in every Catholic church?

          • Puppy

            The Catholic Church has led many people away from a genuine faith relationship with Christ. The unbiblical beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church have often given the enemies of Christ opportunity to blaspheme.Catholicism not only changed times and laws of God but also promote idol worship and openly suggests you pray to other deities which is blasphemous and idolatry. JESUS SAID,only pray to him and the JESUS hanging on cross at every Catholic Church is the FALSE Jesus with different teachings

            I don’t hate Catholics I’m sure some will make it to Heaven depending,on their relationship with GOD but that’s only if they leave the Catholic Church and see it as a false teaching. I am against many of the traditions held or practiced by the catholic church as those traditions go against GOD’s word and put Mary at the same level as Jesus,encourage peoples to pray to her when she is DEAD. The BIBLE SAYS NOT TO PRAY to the Dead!

            The Catholic church is responsible for pedophilia in the church,homosexual an lesbian saying that this way of life is ok!That is a lie!! God said it’s abomination to him an the Holy Spirit!!

          • Parodyx

            “The Catholic Church has led many people away from a genuine faith relationship with Christ.”

            That’s fundamentalist nonsense, no one believes that.

          • Puppy

            God, does not support different beliefs within the church even in his Kingdom.In the infancy of the church there were no such things as denominations, There was no sectarian division. But now there are thousands of congregations based on as many different interpretations of the same Gospel. This Division has weakened the Kingdom,spawned false doctrines, and allowed Satan to render the Kingdom as obsolete in today’s world

            . In the infancy of the church there were no such things as denominations. There was no sectarian division. But now there are thousands of congregations based on as many different interpretations of the same Gospel. This division has weakened the Kingdom, spawned many false doctrines, and allowed Satan to render the Kingdom as obsolete in today’s world.

            There are 33,000 different christian denominations!Too Many divisions amongst the church no wonder the church has lost its influence. it leaves confusion and many peoples look at all the different denominations with their varied doctrines and think that,the,Bible is just a subjective book.

            God made himself clear in 1 Corinthians 1:10 as Jesus SAID Paul speaks for me, he does not want division within the Church but to be united as one, Satan is the one who created man-made religion to put,division between Brethren and have it get in the way of having a relationship with God. Now once again where do you get your beliefs??? May I suggest you read the Bible?.

          • Amos Moses

            No …. adding to scripture is forbidden …. interpretation of scripture is ADDING to scripture ….. and then it is NO LONGER scripture ……..

          • Parodyx

            No, Amos, interpreting scripture is what you do when you read it. Your brain decides for you what the words mean. And the problem is that what your brain comes up with is going to be different from what another Christian’s brain comes up with.

            No one’s adding anything by interpreting it.

          • Amos Moses

            “interpreting scripture is what you do when you read it”

            NO …. when you read it …. it says what it says ….. when you “interpret it” ….. you try to make it say what you want and NOT what it said …….. so NOT scripture at that point ……..

          • Parodyx

            Here’s another dictionary definition for you, since you seem to need them so often:

            INTERPRET – v.

            explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions).”the evidence is difficult to interpret”synonyms:explain, elucidate, expound, explicate, clarify, illuminate, shed light on

          • Amos Moses

            nope …… we are not allowed to bring our “interpretation” to the word of God …… expository reading is not interpretation …… another synonym is exegesis ……. we do not go to the text with our preconceived notion of what it says and then come up with our theology ……. we read what it says and take our theology from it ………. the dictionary gives a general idea but it lacks specificity ….. scripture interprets scripture ……. not the dictionary ………..

          • Reason2012

            Well put and true!

          • Parodyx

            It is impossible to read the Bible without an interpretation. It does not matter who you are.

          • Amos Moses

            we do not get to read the traffic laws and then decide ….. “Hey, that means this cause i interpret it as ……….” ….. and the same goes for Gods word …… and if you think that is going to work in court ….. good luck on that ……… God has a court also ….. not going to work there either ………..

          • Parodyx

            I’m sorry you are still struggling with the definition of the word “interpret” but interpret doesn’t mean decide. You interpret first (which just means understand) and THEN you decide. The traffic laws also benefit from having been written in one language and stayed that way, meaning they didn’t go through any translations. So they are nice and straightforward and easy to understand, and if anything is unclear you can ask an authority figure. You can’t do that with scripture. So FAIL.

          • Amos Moses

            nope ….. the law is not open to interpretation …… and neither is the truth ……. and scripture is the truth ….. it is Gods truth …. and we do not get to alter it at our convenience ……..

          • Parodyx

            Well, whether you like it or not, that’s what happens with scripture. Different brands of Christians understand things different ways. That’s why some insist there is a rapture because it’s Biblical and others say there is no such thing because it’s NOT Biblical. See? Two different interpretations. There are some Christians that say you should baptize infants. And they find scriptural justification. And there are some Christians that say you should not baptize infants. And they, too, find scriptural justification. See? Example B. Two different interpretations.

            As to who’s right, I’m sure you have the answer to that, right? Because even though these are issues that divide Christianity, you’re one of God’s “elect” so they should have just asked you in the first place?

          • Amos Moses

            does it happen to scripture …. i did not say it did not ….. yes …. people “interpret” scripture …. but then it is NO LONGER scripture ………..

  • Lexical Cannibal

    But is she reeeeaaaaally Catholic? Are either of them even really Christians? I’m not convinced. I think they’re actually secret…um…*rolls dice* Shinto Extremists! Yeah! And despite having nothing more than the flimsiest of circumstantial evidence to support that, nor any credible indication that their faith has any real effect on their capability to preform in their stations, I’m going to continue to spread these baseless rumors as evidence that they’re totally evil. Isn’t that right, Meliana? Or should I say “メリアナ?”

    Because if he gets a free pass on slandering presidents he doesn’t like, so does everyone else.

    • Reason2012

      “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
      Matthew 7:21-23

      • Lexical Cannibal

        “He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that.”
        –Donald Trump, 2011

        “I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go!”
        –Donald Trump, 2016

        “Why do I have to repent, why do I have to ask for forgiveness if [I’m] not making mistakes?”
        –Donald Trump, 2015

        “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab ’em by the [Word I could be banned for writing here, but apparently does not prohibit Donald Trump from being considered a viable presidential candidate]. You can do anything.”
        –Donald Trump, 2005

        • Reason2012

          I said nothing about whether Trump is a Christian or not. Personally I do not think he is yet. But belonging to catholicism or any denomination does not save anyone. God knowing us, by His grace, does. Our faith in Him, our changed life, our obedience to Him and His word instead of a denomination and so on is good evidence that He knows us.

          • Lexical Cannibal

            I said nothing about whether Trump is a Christian or not.

            Content of the article aside, I won’t mince words here; you didn’t really say anything at all. You quoted some scripture at me with no context, no interpretation, and no broader point. Were you trying to reprimand me with a cosmic threat? Were you agreeing with me? Were you talking about something else, entirely? Who knew! Lacking a direction to take the conversation in, I picked one and went with it.

            Dropping bible verses without context or actual original input is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. It’s rhetorically lazy, often condescending, and lives next door to the thoughtstoppers in terms of conversational strategies. I very nearly just replied in the same manner with one of the odious verses I keep in my back pocket, but decided to do something marginally more productive, instead.

          • Reason2012

            I cited Scripture that points out that God / Jesus makes it clear many will be cast out who claim to be Christians, and that we’re instead saved because He knows us. This in response to you pointing out you don’t know if Trump is catholic / a Christian, as if it’s the same thing, and as if that’s what saves people. Sorry for the confusion.

            If you’re not sure what someone is saying, one has only to ask. Sorry again.

          • Lexical Cannibal

            Just…Okay, look, I can tell you mean well, but whether you realize it or not, the same block of text can be interpreted in any myriad of ways, especially when excised out of context, especially when it’s from something that’s been discussed to death as it is. You may think it’s perfectly clear, but we are not in your head, nor is my internal dialogue going to be so generous as to write your arguments for you. Citing a text is like driving a car: Yes, it will hypothetically just “go” for you, if you let it, but we need to see that you’re steering and know where you mean to go, otherwise nobody’s getting on board.

            Good rule of thumb from here on out: 1) Communicate what your point is. 2) Cite text that supports your point. Not necessarily in that order, but it’s a good way to do it. Pretend it’s maths class. Show your work.

            Though, for the record, I don’t myself care if Trump is a Christian or he’s just playing all the Christians who voted for him. I don’t care if he’s saved; that’s not my bag. I was making funny. Mostly what I care about is the searing hypocrisy he makes no attempt to hide, his supporters make no attempt to excuse, and which does not seem to affect the cult-like fob swallowers that surround him.

  • Nidalap

    Well, I guess that would explain why she wanted him to bless a rosary…

  • Robert

    People who are not euenics and have fathered children should use other baptismal verses about children if there smart . Lol

  • Robert

    Exodus 20:4. Taken out of context says you can’t be a artist who carves.stuff . Left in context it’s the first commandment. Though shall have no other Gods before me.

  • Robert

    Mathew 2:39 is not against the commandment that says honor your mother and father. It’s about the first commandment again thinking the pastor or Roman pope or other humans are equal with God.

  • Robert

    You no longer can assume any one is what you thought. You need to let each person tell you what he or she believes on every topic from baptism to end times. People now may have so many different understanding on both single and double predestination some of it could hardly be called predestination at all.

  • Puppy

    I am sounding THE ALARM!!! LISTEN!TRUMP is the Antichrist!! These false Christian stations like CBN News saying Trump’s peace talk is like a gift from God. They completely ignore what the bible says about the man who formI truly believe that a lot of these televised preachers were put in place to deceive people into worshiping the Antichrist(TRUMP) the peace covenant and bringing the world religions together is, They are working as agents of the devil. And these Christians who follow these false preachers need to wake up. They are being led down the wrong path…

    These “Christians” WHO FOLLOW TRUMP and believe that he will bring us peace have built their home on this world. They have bought guns to protect there families and homes knowing full well that the bible states that we should store our riches in heaven where moth can’t get to and no thief can steal and never can they be destroyed.. They need to READ THE BIBLE and stop making this WORLD Our Home. This World is NOT our home!, We will NOT save any country in this world. You wouldn’t build a house in the middle of a highway, and we are just on a journey in this world. Jesus said “Travel light.” Don’t clutter yourself up with stuff. I have no flag. – Jesus is my Banner. I have no nation – Jesus is my Home. He said He didn’t even have a place to lay His head in this world The Trump followers are all about this world and making themselves a great mattress to sleep on – until they are called to give an account for wasted lives.

    Let’s say NO to this world, take the cross and follow Jesus. Amen.