Pope Francis and Javier Milei left satisfied with the meeting they had in Rome. A meeting that had a relaxed tone and in which both were seen with many smiles in the photos.
Francisco left satisfied because he told him everything he wanted to say to Milei, because the dialogue was back and forth with the Argentine President and because the meeting lasted just over an hour. It was the longest meeting he had with a national leader, given that with Mauricio Macri it lasted 26 minutes and with Alberto Fernández around 40.
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The President, for his part, agreed because he obtained papal support. The support of the Pope after a legislative defeat that was accompanied by a strong confrontation against the supposed allies, whom he treated as thieves, is an oxygen for Milei.
In some way, the meeting with the Supreme Pontiff is taken as political oxygen for Milei and that is being considered both by his team that accompanied him to Rome and by the Head of State himself.
The presidential leader gave a religious tone to the meeting with His Holiness. There was a part of the hour in which they were gathered where they talked about religion and his conversion to Judaism, despite the fact that yesterday he received communion in St. Peter's Basilica.
The relaxed and relaxed tone of the meeting reached such a point that Bergoglio reportedly made a particular joke to Milei, thanking him for attending the meeting, even though “he is half Jewish.”
The meeting between Pope Francis and Javier Milei lasted just over an hour. (Photo: EFE).
From Francisco's claims to his visit to Argentina
The Pope made three different demands to Javier Milei. The central axis of the claims had to do with the adjustment that the libertarian economist is making, of which the Pope made a specific request: he asked that the adjustment not fall on those who have the least.
The measures that Milei took accelerated inflation in recent months and this harms the poorest, which is why the Supreme Pontiff asked him to contemplate the problem.
Secondly, and along the same lines, the distribution of funds for soup kitchens was discussed. Caritas had already asked the Government not to reorganize because while this reorganization progresses, the churches do not receive social aid.
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There was also talk of the political confrontation, the rift, the pressures and grievances. Francisco referred to the implementation of the fight as a political method and asked Milei to promote dialogue with the rest of the spaces.
The request came after Bergoglio himself had forgiven the President after the grievances he made against him during the election campaign. “The Pope is evil,” Milei even said before the elections.
Finally, the Head of State once again extended the invitation to visit Argentina for the first time since he was enthroned in May 2013. Apparently, he confirmed that he would come to the country in the second half of the year.