President Javier Milei greeted Pope Francis with an affectionate hug this morning after the canonization of Mama Antula as the first Argentine saint in history in St. Peter's Basilica.
The president met the Holy Father when the sanctification ceremony of Mama Antula ended and they shared a hug that was recorded on video.
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The video of Javier Milei's hug with Pope Francis at the canonization of Mama Antula
Javier Milei and Pope Francis hugged at the canonization of Mama Antula (Video: Public TV).)
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When does Javier Milei meet with Pope Francis
President Javier Milei and Pope Francis will meet this Monday at the Vatican. The president has the private audience with the Holy Father for 9 a.m. in Rome in the pontiff's private library of the Apostolic Palace.
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Javier Milei's message upon his arrival at the Vatican
The president, Javier Milei, stated that “it is a very important moment for Argentine history” before the canonization of Mama Antula.
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Who was Mama Antula, the first saint of Argentina
María Antonia de San José, better known as Mama Antula, was born in 1730 in Villa Silípica, in Santiago del Estero. Coming from a prominent family, she began her religious life after avoiding her arranged marriage at age 15. In 1760, she gathered a group of young women and dedicated herself to charity.
In 1774, she founded the House of Spiritual Exercises in Buenos Aires, where she dedicated herself to evangelization and the training of young women. Mama Antula was noted for her commitment to the dispossessed and forgotten in society, defying the social restrictions of the time. She died in Buenos Aires in 1799 and her remains rest in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Buenos Aires.