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ARGENTINA | 15-01-2024 12:44

Pope Francis receives former president Alberto Fernández and his son at Vatican

Former president Alberto Fernández travels to Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis, accompanied by his son; Former president thanks Argentine pontiff for his support during time in office.

Ex-president Alberto Fernández has paid a visit to Pope Francis at the Vatican, accompanied by his son Francisco Fernández.

The meeting between the former head of state and the leader of the Catholic Church took place at the Apostolic Palace in the Argentine pontiff's private library. It was their first meeting in three years, and Fernández – who left office last December – shared a picture of the encounter on the X (formerly Twitter) social network.

“Today I visited our beloved Pope Francis to thank him for all his continued help for Argentina,” Fernández said on X. “I had the joy of being able to listen once again with humility to his valuable reflections on our present world.”

Fernández said that the pontiff had "blessed" his son "with love" during the meeting. He did not travel with his partner, Fabiola Yañez, who underwent surgery over the weekend for appendicitis.

Francis conveyed to Fernández his wishes for her to enjoy "a speedy recovery," read a second post on social media.

Prior to his departure from office, Fernández requested a meeting with Pope Francis. Originally scheduled for November, it was canceled due to activity linked to the presidential transition. 

During his term, Fernández visited the Pope in January 2020 and in May 2021.

According to reports, Argentina's new President Javier Milei is expected to visit the Pope in February, although a meeting has not yet confirmed by Buenos Aires and the Holy See.

 

– TIMES

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