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Buenos Aires

Updated Monday, February 12, 2024-14:06

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  • Vatican Milei and the Pope seal peace between them with a strong hug

The Argentine president, Javier Milei, completed this Monday an astonishing reconciliation with Pope Francis, whom until recently he defined as

"the evil one on Earth"

and "friend of dictators."

"I explained everything to him, he understood me perfectly,"


quoted Milei after the 70-minute meeting at the Vatican.

That Milei spent 70 minutes meeting with Francisco is quite a fact: neither

Cristina Kirchner

, nor

Mauricio Macri

, nor

Alberto Fernández

ever had so much time in meetings with their compatriot, who next month will celebrate 11 years on the throne of San Pedro.

Francisco was especially interested in channeling the relationship with the ultra-liberal, surprising winner of the 2023 elections. Milei, in turn, made a notable turn: on Sunday, during the

canonization of Mama Antula

, he dedicated a strong and unexpected hug to Sumo Pontiff, 87 years old, and this Monday he seemed more relaxed. Sunday's dialogue, caught on camera, was astonishing.

- "You cut your hair!" said the Pope.

- "I got busy. Can I give you a kiss?"

- "Yes, son, yes!"

Milei then pounced on the Pope, sitting in a wheelchair.

"It's a pleasure to see you and thank you for coming,

you who are half (Jewish)

, may God bless you," added the head of the Catholic Church.

Then, the Pope greeted Chancellor

Diana Mondino

, manager of reconciliation, with a big smile and complicit gestures. MIlei, attentive, pointed out that it was necessary to have "a lot of wrist, given the roughness of the other side."

"God is greater, pray for me, I pray for you," the Pope reacted.

Although no one subsequently explained the phrase, it is understood, from the tone between joking and self-critical in which Milei said it, that the Argentine president was referring to himself and his

harsh attacks on the Pope


This Monday, the audience was "very good, very friendly," according to Vatican sources told

La Nación


"The man who is moved and humble to the point of submission before religious symbols and authorities is the same one who, just minutes away, emits rays and diatribes through his eyes and mouth against anyone he considers a traitor, enemy or infidel," he noted in the same document. newspaper analyst Claudio Jacquelin.

According to several Argentine media, Milei presented his

government plan

in detail to the Pope , and focused on the new food distribution system for the poorest sectors of society, which is still not working correctly. The 53-year-old president also reiterated his

invitation for Francis to visit Argentina

, a country he has not visited since he was elected Pope in 2013. The visit could happen in the second half of this year.

Social and political crisis

"Throughout the talk, Milei and the Pope addressed a wide range of topics: the economic program, the social crisis facing Argentina and the climate of political tension that the country is going through," said



Milei later met with Francis' number two, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and with the


Chancellor , British Archbishop

Paul Gallagher

. The Argentine president was scheduled to meet this afternoon with the Italian president,

Sergio Mattarella

, and the prime minister,

Giorgia Meloini


In an official statement, the Vatican presented the meeting in a very positive way: "During the cordial conversations at the Secretariat of State, satisfaction was expressed for the good relations between the Holy See and the Argentine Republic and the desire to strengthen them even further. A "Next, they focused on the new Government's program to confront the economic crisis and addressed various international issues, particularly current conflicts and the nations'

commitment to peace


Milei gave several gifts to the Pope: a folder with a copy of the handwritten letter from Chancellor

José María Gutiérrez

accrediting Juan Bautista Alberdi as representative in Europe in 1854, a painting with the commemorative postcard of Mama Antula that the Argentine Post Office distributed on the occasion of his beatification and

dulce de leche alfajores and lemon cookies

, Francisco's favorites.