They greeted each other with hugs Pope Francis and the new president of Argentina, Javier Milei in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday at the canonization mass of an Argentine sister. Milei previously de-communized the head of the Catholic Church, whom he also called evil and a left-wing fraud.
Javier Milei’s second trip to Europe as president led to the Vatican, after attending the international economic forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year. Pope Francis will receive the new president of Argentina in an official face-to-face meeting on Monday morning.
Among the topics may be the Pope’s possible visit to his country, since Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires has not visited Argentina since his election as pope in 2013. In the past, it was customary for foreign popes to visit their own country among their first trips.
The president of Argentina María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa participated in his canonization. In the 18th century, following the expulsion of the Jesuit order from Argentina, María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa founded a religious women’s convent in Buenos Aires, following the teachings of the Jesuits. She is the first female saint of the Argentine Church.
In his speech at St. Peter’s Square at noon, Pope Francis recalled the World Day of the Sick on February 11, which was introduced in 1993. The Pope emphasized that patients need, above all, human closeness from their loved ones and health workers. The Pope emphasized the Church’s closeness to sick and fragile people.
In his country, Milei is trying to pass a salad law through the legislature. The emergency decree package, which will reshape a large part of the country’s political, social and economic structure, has so far stalled in the House of Representatives.