Monday, March 18th 2013 - 08:33 UTC

Pope Francis meets Cristina Fernandez; 150 world leaders expected for Tuesday’s ceremony

The Vatican Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will meet Argentine President Cristina Fernández on Monday at 8.50 AM Buenos Aires time. It will be the first official meeting the pontiff holds with a head of state.

Cardinal Bergoglio will be receiving President Cristina Fernandez as Pope and as head of the Vatican State

Cristina Fernández arrived on Sunday to Rome in a private jet

At the Santa Marta House, where former Argentine cardinal Mario Bergoglio is to remain till he moves to the Apostolic Palace, the newly elected Pope will receive Cristina Fernández who arrived on Sunday to Rome to take part in the inauguration mass of Francis’ papacy to take place on Tuesday.

According to the Vatican, around 150 head of states and government will attend the historic ceremony with the first non-European pope in modern times to become the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Jorge Marido Bergoglio and the Argentine president Cristina Fernandez and previously her deceased husband and former president Nestor Kirchner, did not have a fluid relation since the former archbishop of Buenos Aires was particularly critical about the growth of poverty and expansion of corruption in Argentina.

They clashed on several occasions and Cristina Fernandez tried to avoid contact with Bergoglio to the extent the official mass on national festivities started to be held in the provinces outside of Buenos Aires and the metropolitan cathedral.

The Argentine presidency says that the president and the Pope will share lunch, however the Vatican only mentions an audience. Apparently the meeting had been requested by Argentine diplomacy immediately after Bergoglio was made Pope and following a release from Government House putting aside the confrontation style and praising the fact that for the first time in history a Latinamerican had become bishop of Rome.

Ambassador before the Vatican Juan Pablo Cafiero started the contacts and was joined later in the week by Foreign minister Hector Timerman.

In Buenos Aires the Archbishopric held a conference Sunday afternoon to confirm the agenda marking the beginning of Pope Francis’ papacy with a live broadcasting at the Plaza de Mayo announced for next Tuesday. Likewise Buenos Aires City announced there will not be classes at schools that day.

The Archbishopric also called devoted Catholics to obey a three-day prayer and gratitude actions as from Sunday which took off at 11.30 AM and presided over by apostolic nuncio to Argentina Emil Paul Tscherrig.

The religious group Youngsters for all God’s people has called on a vigil for Monday at 20.30 PM that will last all night.

On Tuesday at 4AM, a march from the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral to the Obelisk will end with a live giant screen broadcast from Rome to follow the papal ceremony.

By noon, all bells of the BA City Archdiocese will peal for ten minutes “greeting the new and dear Saint Father Francis from its place of origin” as the entity’s official statement reads.

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1 LEPRecon (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 08:46 am Report abuse
You have to feel sorry for the poor sod, don't you! Fancy meeting TMBOA 1st thing on a Monday afternoon!

Although, I suppose he'll just be glad to get it over and done with.

I wonder how TMBOA got to Italy? Not on Tango 1, I'm sure.
2 agent999 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 08:57 am Report abuse
Argentine dirty tricks campaign
3 Orbit (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:31 am Report abuse
Lunch Audience... Be interesting to see what actually transpires. Surely even CFK wouldn't lie whilst this close to God.
4 commonsense (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:34 am Report abuse
Francis 1 will define his papacy by how he deals with his country of birth. Already the Argentinian Cruella de Vil is lieing about her meeting with him. She is claiming to be having lunch with the pope, the Vatrican merely says it is an afternoon meeting. She will no doubt be trying to see if she personally has any chance of a financial or political gain out of his election.
5 Rob the argentine (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:48 am Report abuse
She went to Morocco on Tango 1, from there in a rented plane.
Pope Francis is showing her how to be and act in live. Kretina refused to meet him here, no matters he asked more than 14 times for a meeting. Also when Kretina spoke about Bergoglio being the new Pope in an official act, the croud (Kretina's supporters) jeer at him.
Finally let me say there are strong probes about the argentine government trying to prevent Bergoglio being elected as Pope.
6 golfcronie (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:53 am Report abuse
I see that the schools will close on the day, that is if they are not already closed because of the teachers strike. Heho another non-learning day. So much for an education in Argentina.
7 Frank (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:58 am Report abuse
@1 'I wonder how TMBOA got to Italy? Not on Tango 1, I'm sure.'

'Cristina Fernández arrived on Sunday to Rome in a private jet'

It probably had a week to kill after taking some oil coy execs out to Stanley.....
8 Orbit (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 10:06 am Report abuse
The Pope: “I'll help you with the Falklands if you give all your stolen money to the poor”.

CFK [rapidly departing]: “Land of hope and glory, Mother of the free ...”
9 Idlehands (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 10:07 am Report abuse
I have to agree with KFC on issues such as gay marriage, IVF and contraception.

However they are a pair of idiots and I hope they go at each other hammer and tong and bring each other down.
10 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 10:22 am Report abuse
£5 says he tells her to frak-off.

£50,000,000.00 says she'll make up some verbal diarrhoea regardless of what he says.

Anything you like that Britain will tell either one of them to frak-off.
11 Frank (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 10:26 am Report abuse
'The Argentine presidency says that the president and the Pope will share lunch, however the Vatican only mentions an audience. '

F. 'How's the soup?'
K ' I want you to give me support over the Falklands'
F ' Kiss my ring..'
K 'OK' ... reaching for his hand...
F ' Not that one you fascist cow' turning and lifting his frock' ......
12 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:21 am Report abuse
The Wicked Witch had to leave her plane in Morocco.

says it all
13 Be serious (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:23 am Report abuse
It would be awful if a pane of glass mysteriously slipped out of a Vatican window and decapitated poor old Cristina on her visit to Rome ............Still..... you have to look to the future sometime.
14 Optimus_Princeps (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:26 am Report abuse
I think Kretina is going to leave embarrassed that he doesn't support her stupid agenda, then she will rally up the La Campora tards to spray paint something about him supporting the junta, cut off funding from the church, etc.

@11 I doubt that's what will happen. He probably doesn't want to end up with a strange incurable disease and die within a month of being sworn in. Chavez died of a cancer in the “pelivic” region, remember?
15 Frank (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:29 am Report abuse
@12 why did they do that?

Fear of Tango 1 being impounded ?


Moroccans wanted cash up front for fuel and wouldn't accept pesos?
16 GALlamosa (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:31 am Report abuse
Will she ? Will she ? Will she kiss his ring ?????
17 Gordo1 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 11:44 am Report abuse
The new Pope is not Argentine - if he were Argentine his chosen papal name would be “Jesus Christ II”.
18 bushpilot (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 12:02 pm Report abuse
This guy Cardinal Jorge Marido Bergoglio already claimed the Falklands were Argentina's.

How long before CFK claims, “The Pope has already supported Argentina's claims to the Falklands.” ?

Within a week, right?

How long before CFK makes the claim, “Argentina's claim to the Falklands has divine backing”?
19 golfcronie (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 12:15 pm Report abuse
Absolutely priceless, want a job as a comedian in Buenos Aires, you would go down a storm there.LMAO
20 Britishbulldog (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 01:20 pm Report abuse
Oh my God two Argentinians in the Vatican treble the guard on the vaults and change the locks again.
21 Anglotino (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 01:23 pm Report abuse
Frank I'm still chuckling.

Speaking of which, where is ol' chuckles?

CFK must be grinding and chipping her teeth that a person she detests has literally jumped her in importance.

40 million Argentines.
1.2 billion Catholics.
Check mate!
22 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 01:36 pm Report abuse
“Oh my God two Argentinians in the Vatican treble the guard on the vaults and change the locks again.”

According to CFKs 'rules' neither of them has been living in Argentina to count as Argentinians... regard them more as temporary squatters in the Vatican.
23 trenchtoast (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 02:03 pm Report abuse
WTF is going on here
24 Orbit (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 02:09 pm Report abuse
@23 - well its not lunch. And she should let him open his own presents. Christmas chez Kirchner must be fun.
25 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
I find it interesting that she was scheduled to have a lunch meeting with the Pope and a few others. The Pope at the last minute changed it to a one on one with no published agenda. Considered they do not get along and her has referred to the RG leaders as totalitarism, it should prove to be a very interesting meeting. ANyone in Argentina knows that the la camporas have been agitated over Bergoglio's elevation as Pope. Personally I think she is getting a bigger slap down knowing he reduced it to just the two of them.
26 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
23 trenchtoast

It looked like an old fashioned leather dildo to me that TMBOA hard worn out.

27 Gordo1 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 02:34 pm Report abuse
I have just seen the link from Clarín - ¡que asco dan los dos!
28 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:01 pm Report abuse
“”“I find it interesting that she was scheduled to have a lunch meeting with the Pope and a few others. ”“”

all bets are off really: even if he is only 1st generation implanted european colonialist Pope.. he still “argentine”, so expect slippers being thrown and tantrums on both sides... followed by ThinkoDoD saying how it was all “The Plan™”
29 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:03 pm Report abuse
mate cups and bombilla.....though Orbit is right, Christmas with her must suck, does she open everything??
30 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
29 Captain Poppy

Only her mouth, incessantly.

31 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:12 pm Report abuse
“”Only her mouth, incessantly.“”

anything else would be a crime against humanity.
32 trenchtoast (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:21 pm Report abuse
oh I see, after the flask I was waiting for the boiled eggs and sandwiches to come out.
33 Be serious (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 03:41 pm Report abuse
So the Papacy have joined forces with Argentina. The Vatican Army looks mighty powerful am sure we'll be quaking in our boots.
34 Orbit (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:05 pm Report abuse
Looks like the comedy is going to reach a new level ... CFK has used the militarisation of the south atlantic line; its not just Timerman now.
35 DJ56 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:07 pm Report abuse
The BBC is reporting that CFK raised the Flaklands issue with the Pope, so no doubt there will soon be lots of RG hyperbole about this. Can't see it making the slightest bit of difference: does CFK know that England split with the RC church specifically because we do our own thing?
36 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:12 pm Report abuse

This article kind of suggests that maybe the pope might be swaying in our favour on this bad boy!
37 DJ56 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:16 pm Report abuse

Yup, she left her “presidential jet” in Morocco and switched to a chartered Spanish executive jet to avoid the risk of the presidential jet being seized by creditors. Apparently, it's safe in Morocco because CFK is on such good terms with the King .....
38 MrFlagpole (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:17 pm Report abuse
so the daft cow asked the pope to intervene on the falklands .
39 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:22 pm Report abuse
Anybody notice what's missing from her little announcement...?
40 BenC30 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:23 pm Report abuse
Getting out of the car, she looks more like a drug dealer's mother, than a leader of a civilized country.
41 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:28 pm Report abuse
Have to say that I find the hypocrisy of this rather astonishing also...

She barks on about “outdated colonialism” and then goes all Medieval and tries to get the Pope to decide who lives where... talk about a president going backwards or what.
42 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:32 pm Report abuse
How does she pick up at a moments notice and go out of the country so quickly? Doesn't she have anything do so? No appts? No heads of state visiting?
Isn't the country crumbling around her?
I just don't get it.
I run a small business and I can't easily do that.
43 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:35 pm Report abuse
“”I run a small business and I can't easily do that.“”

Yeah but all of your staff aren't probably spending most of their time trying to get you as far away form the office as possible, so that they can limit the damage you keep doing to it.

Hers, obviously, are...

“No, no, You go Chrissy! The pope needs you to tuck in his pink slippers and a quick fumble to make sure they aint elected a woman... ”
44 Anglophile (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:48 pm Report abuse
Apparently she has now put in a claim to the UN to declare the Vatican City Argentinian.......more as we get it
45 Gordo1 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:50 pm Report abuse

If this report is correct the woman is clearly more interested in her own agenda and her visit had nothing to do with respect for the newly elected pope.
46 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse
43. Ahh that is it exactly! I heard Boudou doubled her meds to keep her sedated most of the time.

shhh shhh shhh here take this go back to sleep
47 Huntsman Extraordinaire (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse

Muhahahahaaaaa; I beat you to it! (36)
48 Think (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:57 pm Report abuse
( 42) Fred Bates says..:

“How does she pick up at a moments notice and go out of the country so quickly?
I just don't get it.
I run a small business and I can't easily do that.

I say
Snort an extra line, Fred......
3~4 inches will surely give you that extra ”time” you need.........
49 stick up your junta (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 04:59 pm Report abuse
50 briton (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
The ungodly CFK has officially asked the bloody pope to intervene in the Falklands dispute,

We ask,
Is their no living person who this bloody leech has not asked to help her on the theft of the Falklands?

When will you people ever learn?
They are British and will remain British,
Unless you want a fight over them,

She will destroy Argentina over her obsession with the Falklands,

[She says,, to stop problems over great Britain militarising the south Atlantic.]
Is this a veiled threat? ]

Innocent argentines will pay a bloody high price for a tiny island, that you don’t even want,.

Be warned, she is destroying YOUR country, and can sod off with her wealth,
You lot have stay in her shit hole.

51 Clyde15 (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:45 pm Report abuse
You are welcome to fly your national flag anywhere BUT the Falklands.

Can we expect a Papal Bull demanding that the Falklands be handed over to the Argentine on pain of ex-communication ?

But again, we denied his authority about 450 years ago.
52 Shed-time (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
‘La Patria Grande’ and the Pope's war against the protestant British. How dare they put their feet on land that catholic Argentines want to ethnically cleanse without any historical rights of ownership.

There is a good reason why I'm not a catholic.
53 Musky (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:50 pm Report abuse
So KFC has done the dirty deed and mr Pope to lend a hand, jesus h christ, it was his Borgias ancestor who caused all the trouble in the first place.
54 Xect (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:51 pm Report abuse
Interesting story here, it seems CFK and the new Pope aren't the best of friends.

Although I'm sure CFK will seek to change that now he's useful to her propaganda machine......
55 Anbar (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
“Is very nice to see the argentine flag in Rome ....such peaceful colors!”

unless you're Patagonian....
56 briton (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 05:59 pm Report abuse
Henry Vlll
Told the then pope to F-O, and went to war,..,

If he interferes again,
Then Cameron will tell him -xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
And we might even insult your CFK,with kindness
So don’t push it.
57 HansNiesund (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 06:03 pm Report abuse
“The President, who is accompanied by an official delegation of 12 members ....”

12, huh? Where have I heard that before?
58 CaptainSilver (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 06:04 pm Report abuse
Pope Belgrano should note what happened to his namesake.....

Rule Britannia !
59 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 06:09 pm Report abuse
I think all of you are making large assumptions on the Pope. Because he is from Argentina he is doing this and going to do that and get his ass kicked like Henry the VIII. Big assumptions.
60 Think (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 06:20 pm Report abuse
(59) Captain Poppy
Your E- petition seems to be moving very slowly......
Whopping **86** votes!

My old german boxer dog has nearly twice as many friends in his Facebook profile ;-)))

Just 99,914 more votes to go and Mr. Obama will read it.....

WASP's of the World, Unite!

Your Vice-President will be kissing the ring tomorrow, I hear.....
61 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 06:51 pm Report abuse
They started charging Rgs a 20% tax on top of the already HUGE Vat to buy Int'l products, so online classes, kindle books, any travel and on and on just got way more does that figure into inflation I wonder?

I think an exit visa is on the horizon.
62 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:04 pm Report abuse
@60 I don't Think, aka The Turnip In Chief, aka The Biggest Liar On MP

“My old german boxer dog has nearly twice as many friends in his Facebook profile”

I would imagine that is because, unlike you, when he barks he knows what he is saying.

Try castration, it will improve your cadence.
63 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
Yeah so, you have the British Falklands Island now? The only thing racists like you got right is that I am white.

How.....did Argentina get the Falklands? Where is it that you live again? Argentina?

I am happy to hear how popular your wifde is on facebook.

Yes Joe Biden is kissng the Pope's ring, Biden is religous, unlike asslips. Ahhhhh that's right, you take exception to religious people. 2010 stats have 89% of the world believes in God, whether you atheists like it or not, you are outnumbered.


I saw that Yankee, airlines to escape with get pricey!!......3rd week of March and still new Balance of Account trades figures yet. The slide must have been worst than they suspected......of they have not created new ones yet.
Did you hear Videla calling on the militray to take back Argentina?
64 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
63. Another Junta, wouldn't that be the cherry on top! Rgs longing for the better days of Military Rule.
How fitting.
No wonder Think doesn't dare go back
I have a feeling CFKs story will end much like Mussolini's.
65 briton (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:23 pm Report abuse
But will the pope help her,

Maybe we are jumping the gun a bit,
But both have dubious pasts, both have put their ambitions before justice,

CFK cares not,
But will the pope,

To be honest he will have enough problems now,
Let alone a raving lunatic to deal with,
Hopefully he will do the decent thing, and tell her, that there are more impotent things in this world to deal with, other than her greed and ambitions..
66 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:36 pm Report abuse
You know Yankee, I wonder if think's wife know he refers to her as a dog?
67 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:44 pm Report abuse
He doesn't have a dog or wife. If I were to guess he is past middle age, never had a decent job, has very little savings and spends most of his time wondering why someone that is obviously so very intelligent ended up with such a meager existence.
In his head he will say, I never wanted more only my books.
Blah blah blah
He is so full of jealousy it consumes his every minute.
He is lonely, bitter and disappointed with life.
68 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:48 pm Report abuse
In otherwords, a typical peronist/kirchnerite supporter.
69 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 07:56 pm Report abuse
You got it!
Peron ruined that county, gave them a cancer that needs a strong does of medicine to kill. Until then it will wither and try to hang on as it gasps for its last breath.
Not too long now though
The Ks are just about the light the match with the last bridge to Brazil.
70 Think (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 08:36 pm Report abuse
(69) Fred Bates

You say....:
Not too long now though

I say...:
Snort a looong line whilst you wait, Cokehead.....
71 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 09:18 pm Report abuse
63 Captain Poppy

It is 2013 now and the numbers of the deluded are falling. The 89% was the figure for the USA if I remember correctly.

And even then, why would it worry me with a figure like that in America? It just means that most of them are lying to the census taker because they feel threatened if they admit they do not believe. How many go to church, do you go to church for example?

Your present President is a Muslim: he has to be, his father was a Muslim; check out the doctrine.

But if it makes you happy that's fine by me.

I will just carry on being in this time instead of 1,000 B.C. Think about the 1,000 very carefully anybody who does not understand and thinks it should be 2013!
72 yankeeboy (#) Mar 18th, 2013 - 10:06 pm Report abuse
The Peso fell today to $8.10/U$1
I still think the panic rate ( as I like to call it) will be 10/1.
That should be the rate that gets the public worked up into a frenzy.
This drip drip drip, water tourture of a fall is just not doing it.
Rgs are not good at math so I don't think they realize that U$.05 daily loss in their savings means anything.
Oh but they will

Buy Sugar Rgs Buy Sugar
73 agent999 (#) Mar 19th, 2013 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
In life, Chavez likely would have scoffed at the new Pope Francisco. But
Venezuela and the new pope!

On Wednesday interim President Nicolas Maduro suggested that, from the great beyond, Chavez helped get him elected.

“We know that our commander reached those heights,” said Maduro, “and he’s face to face with Christ. Something had an influence on the choosing of a South American pope.”
74 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 19th, 2013 - 07:37 pm Report abuse
Yes I read that too....he nuzzled up to JC himself. lol the people are dopes and duped .
75 Isolde_68 (#) Mar 19th, 2013 - 10:20 pm
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76 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 12:22 am Report abuse
upper wealth class and lower intelligence and sophistication class.....a very experienced thief, only empowered by her people, but a bullet is out there
77 Clyde15 (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 10:40 am Report abuse
78 Anglotino (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 12:14 pm Report abuse
@77 Clude15

That's not irony, that Sussie!
79 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 20th, 2013 - 09:37 pm Report abuse
Odd that they removed Sussie's comment in 75. All it said was she wishes she was rich and classy like CFK. She is a nonsensical idiot, but the editors are not removing comments judiciously.
80 British_Kirchnerist (#) Mar 21st, 2013 - 11:56 pm Report abuse
#42 Compared to your usual vitriol there's something touchingly naive about this comment. You may very well need to micromanage your schedule in advance to run a small business, but a President who isn't flexible enough to respond to events surely wouldn't be much use - on second thought, neither would a businessman...

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