This Sunday the first meeting between the Argentine president, Javier Milei, and Pope Francis took place. It happened in St. Peter's Basilica during the canonization of María Antonia Paz y Figueroa, better known as Mama Antula, the first Argentine saint.
The president arrived early and greeted the pontiff in the sacristy of the Vatican basilica in his role as head of the Argentine delegation. After that, he witnessed the mass that began at 9:23, local time (05:23 in Argentina).
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“It is a very important moment for Argentine history,” Milei told the press inside the Basilica. During the ceremony, he was accompanied by his sister and the general secretary of the Presidency, Karina Milei; Foreign Minister Diana Mondino; the Minister of the Interior, Guillermo Francos; and by the Minister of Human Capital, Sandra Pettovello, among other authorities.
At the mass, the head of state was seen moved and attentive to the great historical moment for the Argentine Catholic religion. After the first meeting this morning, on Monday the Pope will receive him in a private audience from 9 a.m. in Rome in the pontiff's private library in the Apostolic Palace.
The first meeting between Javier Milei and Pope Francis
The hug between Javier Milei and Pope Francis. (Photo: Vatican Media)
The first meeting between Milei and the Pontiff. (Photo: Vatican Media)
Javier Milei during the canonization mass of Mama Antula. (Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli)By: REUTERS
Javier Milei's reactions during the canonization of Mama Antula. (Photo: AP)
Javier Milei during the moment of the Eucharist at the mass for the canonization of Mama Antula. (Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli)By: REUTERS
The first meeting between Pope Francis and President Javier Milei. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Javier Milei's emotion during the canonization of Mama Antula. (Photo: AFP)
Javier Milei with his sister Karina and the Minister of the Interior Guillermo Francos. (Photo: AP)
The Argentine president witnessed the canonization of Mama Antula. (Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli)By: REUTERS