Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church, congratulated President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama chief economist responds to McConnell quoting him on Senate floor: He missed 'a critical part' Amazon reports .8B in weekend sales from independent businesses on its platform Ossoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of in Georgia run-off MORE in a personal telegram Wednesday, Vatican officials told reporters.

Benedict's note expressed his prayers for God's blessing on Obama after last night's presidential election, the Associated Press reported.

"The pope expresses the wish that the blessing of God will support him (Obama) and the American people so that with all people of good will, a world of peace, solidarity and justice can be built," said Rev. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the pope.

According to CNN's exit polls, Obama won Catholic voters in the presidential election, taking 54 percent to Republican John McCain's 45 percent.

-Michael O'Brien