- Inés San Martín
- Aug 8, 2020
Pope Francis is especially attached to St. Cajetan, and his annual feast on Aug. 7 was one of the few occasions when the beaming, jocular pontiff the world now knows was visible to his fellow Argentines when he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013.
After being away from my home country of Argentina for the past five years, only going back to visit with the family for Christmas and the odd long weekend, I decided to avoid Rome’s scorching summer this year and head back on a reporting mission to take the country’s temperature regarding my fellow Argentinian, Pope Francis.
The Financial Times published an article penned by the paper’s former Buenos Aires correspondent claiming that Pope Francis was the brains behind the left-wing ticket challenging Argentina’s incumbent conservative president.
The Argentine bishop in charge of a commission to prevent clerical sexual abuse says the pope’s native country is just beginning to come to grips with the issue.
Argentina’s most pious region also happens to be at the epicenter of the country’s clerical sexual abuse earthquake, because Salta is the metropolitan see of the Diocese of Oran.
For some months now, the scandal surrounding Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, a friend of Pope Francis brought by the pontiff to Rome and given a key position in the Vatican’s financial colossus just as abuse charges were exploding back home, has taken center stage in terms of Vatican news.