- Jan 22, 2020
Argentine media outlets are reporting that Francis has taken a homecoming next year off the table – in part, perhaps, because he doesn’t want such a trip to be seen as a victory lap for any political faction.
According to some observers, Argentina’s incumbent President Mauricio Macri needs a miracle to win the upcoming presidential elections, as he lost the primaries by a wide margin to an opponent that includes former President Cristina Kirchner in the vice presidential slot.
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.
“Isn’t this a moment to go towards a ‘Great National Pact’ with a wide and generous view, one which is neither functional nor circumstantial, leaving aside narrow sectarian interests?” asked Cardinal Mario Poli of Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Argentine president Mauricio Macri has called for a great national agreement to secure the country’s stability, and the country’s bishops recently sent a letter to Macri agreeing to join him.
Senators in Pope Francis’s native Argentina rejected the legalization of abortion early Thursday, in a vote many observers defined as “historic.”