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Javier Milei brought a little piece of Argentina to Pope Francis for their meeting. Illustrative photo.
POPE- It was a surprising exchange that happened. The Argentine president, for the first time, this Monday, February 12, for an audience of more than an hour. What to calm their relations after the insults of the ultraliberal economist towards the pontiff? In any case, the president did not come
As tradition dictates, the two men exchanged gifts with strong mutual thanks and the one received by the Pope was not insignificant. Javier Milei notably offered the pontiff traditional Argentinian biscuits with lemon and milk jam, which he greatly appreciated. A nice touch when we know that the two men are from Buenos Aires. In addition to this cake, the president was particularly courteous.
Accustomed to provocative and impulsive outings, the president had, during his electoral campaign, treated the pope of “nefarious character”of“fool who promotes communism” or even “representative of the Evil One” on earth. Despite all his qualifications, Pope Francis wanted to call the newly elected president to congratulate him. Since then, water has flowed under the bridges. Javier Milei apologized and assured “respect” the pontiff.
Cordial, but divergent discussions
The interview at the apostolic palace took place in an apparently relaxed atmosphere, with the two men appearing smiling, according to images released by the Vatican. In a very informal gesture, Javier Milei even gave a warm hug to his 87-year-old compatriot who uses a wheelchair, encouraging him to visit Argentina.
If the exchanges went surprisingly well, Javier Milei and Pope Francis did not fail to recall their political divergence, particularly on the issue of poverty, which affects 40% of the Argentine population. Everything seems to separate the libertarian and his far-right positions from the Jesuit who advocates aid to the most deprived and denounces the excesses of the financial markets.
The two men also contradicted each other on ecology, where Javier Milei assures that climate change is not “a human responsibility”where the pope denounces the impact of man on ” Commune house “.
The president is due to continue his visit to Rome on Monday afternoon with meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and head of government Giorgia Meloni.
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