President Donald Trump praises St. Thomas Becket for his strong adherence to the faith and acknowledges the necessity of the Church for the good of souls. The president also calls for Americans to pray for “brave and inspiring shepherds — like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong”.
After detailing the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, the proclamation concludes:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2020, as the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. I invite the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the life and legacy of Thomas Becket.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.