The president of Argentina embraced Pope Francis during an extended gathering successful Rome this week, quashing a long-standing feud pinch nan pontiff.
President Javier Milei appeared astatine nan Vatican and said pinch Pope Francis for complete an hr – an exceptionally agelong negotiated gathering by nan pope's standards.
"One of nan things that I’ve travel to understand, among different things, is that nan pope is nan Argentine who is nan astir important personification successful nan country," Milei told Italian outlet Retequattro.
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Milei successful nan past called Pope Francis a slew of derogatory terms, including an "imbecile" and a "son of a b----." The president went truthful acold arsenic to erstwhile qualify nan pontiff arsenic "the typical of malignance connected Earth."
Those past remarks seemed to evaporate connected Monday erstwhile Milei attended a canonization Mass for Argentina's newest recognized saint, María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa – a belief sister calved successful 1730 who famously catered to nan mediocre and sick.
Pope Francis led nan Mass canonizing Figueroa, which nan Argentinian president attended. Milei hugged nan pope successful a tight clasp pursuing nan liturgy.
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"May God bless Argentines and whitethorn nan forces of eden travel us," Milei's agency said connected societal media pursuing nan celebration.
The Argentinian president said it was only aft personally gathering nan pope that he began to understand nan value of his position and negotiated work.
"As a result, I had to reconsider immoderate positions, and starting from that moment, we began to build a affirmative relationship," Milei said successful an interview.
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Pope Francis has many times stated his volition to sojourn his location state successful nan coming years, but a definitive day has not yet been set.
Milei's agency has expressed adjacent enthusiasm for an apostolic journey to Argentina, suggesting it would travel together soon.
"Regarding nan pope, he is invited, he is Argentinian and he will travel for judge but I don’t cognize when," Argentine Foreign Minister Diana Mondino told Italian reporters.