POPE – Gone are the days of contempt, make way for hugs. Ultraliberal Argentine President Javier Milei met Pope Francis this Sunday, February 11. He who has not been sparing with insults towards him in recent months, was nevertheless very, very warm with the sovereign pontiff during a mass at the Vatican. Their first discussion was surprising to say the least, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
On the eve of an official interview and at a time when Argentina is experiencing an explosive political situation, Javier Milei, smiling, bowed to receive the Pope’s embrace in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Accustomed to provocative and impulsive outings, Javier Milei had, during his electoral campaign, called the pope a “nefarious character”of“fool who promotes communism” or “representative of the Evil One” on Earth, before radically changing his tone, presenting his “apologies” and ensuring the “respect”.
“Did you cut your hair?” »
A radical about-face which was seen during their meeting. The 53-year-old Argentine president, who is making his first official visit to Rome two months after taking office, stood up as the pope – in a wheelchair due to his mobility difficulties – entered the basilica , at the start of the ceremony. They were then able to exchange a few words.
“Did you cut your hair?” »the Pope remarked with a smile to the Argentine president to begin the discussion, as we can see in the images from the American Catholic media EWTN, spotted by the Argentine media The Nation. Surprised and moved by this observation, Javier Milei then asked the pontiff ” Can I kiss you ? “. To which François replied without hesitation: “Yes, my son, yes! » In the images we can then see the president rushing into his arms and hugging him.
“It’s a pleasure to see you and thank you for coming, you who are half (Jewish), God bless you”said Pope Francis, in an informal and particularly warm tone.
Everything seems to separate the libertarian with far-right positions from the Jesuit who advocates aid to the most deprived and denounces the excesses of the financial markets.
On ecology, a strong theme of the pontificate, Javier Milei assures that climate change is not “a human responsibility”, where the pope denounces the impact of man on ” Commune house “. The two men radically differ on how to fight poverty, which affects 40% of the Argentine population, a country where inflation exceeds 200%.
Monday at 9 a.m., the Argentine president will be officially received at the Vatican palace by the Pope and senior officials of the Curia, the central government of the Holy See. Javier Milei is also due to meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Monday.
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