Since the meeting of Donald and Melania Trump with Pope Francis, there has been much speculation about whether Melania is Catholic. She asked the pope to bless her rosary and also spent time in prayer before a statue of the Virgin Mary, causing plenty of media voices to wonder about her faith.
Some hours after their visit with the pope, as we noted here, a spokesperson for the First Lady, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed that indeed, Melania Trump professes the Catholic faith, though she didn’t say when or where Melania had been baptized. (Keep in mind that when Melania was born in 1970, Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia, under Communist rule, and baptisms in those years would have been in secret).
Now, an article published by the Slovenian edition of Vatican Radio gives us an interview with Cardinal Franc Rodé, the retired prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The cardinal is also Slovenian, born there in 1934.
In the interview, the cardinal reports that Melania spoke with him of her baptism in Raka (her mother’s hometown), close to Melania’s birthplace of Novo Mesto. Though Melania didn’t confirm the year she was baptized, she presumably received the sacrament as a child.
The cardinal noted that Melania pointed out the curious coincidence that she was baptized on the same date as her husband’s birthday.
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