CV NEWS FEED // Pope Francis is set to have a private audience with Argentinian President Javier Milei on February 12, according to reports from the Vatican.
Barron’s reported that despite the fact that relations between the recently elected president and the pope have been strained until a few months ago, the two Argentinians will finally meet in person.
“Prior to his October election, Milei had referred to Francis as ‘the evil one,’ ‘nefarious,’ and an ‘imbecile’ who ‘promotes communism,” Barron’s reported.
Following Milei’s election in October, Pope Francis appeared to make up with the president when he called him to offer congratulations on winning the election.
Milei will also attend a canonization Mass at the Vatican for Argentina’s first female saint, a religious sister known as “Mama Antula” who founded a house for Ignatian “Spiritual Exercises” in Buenos Aires.
Milei will be the first Argentinian president in modern times to attend a public Mass at the Vatican.
In addition to meeting with Pope Francis, Milei will meet Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and Italian President Sergio Mattarella.