Is Pope Francis postponing a visit to his native Argentina?
November 08, 2013
Pope Francis has no plans to visit his native Argentina before 2016, remarks Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister of L’Espresso-- who provides a theory as to why the Pontiff is postponing a trip home.
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will wrap up her 2nd term at the end of 2015, Magister points out, and the country’s constitution prevents her from seeking re-election. During his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Bergoglio had several public clashes with Kirchner, although they have had several friendly exchanges since his election to the papacy. Many observers expected Pope Francis to include a visit to Argentina in his plans for a trip to Brazil for World Youth Day last summer. But the Pontiff has told reporters that he would like to make another voyage to South America, visiting Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, in 2016.