Wednesday, March 27th 2013 - 07:57 UTC

Francis scheduled to visit Argentina, Chile and Uruguay next December

Pope Francis is scheduled to make his first official visit to Argentina, where he was born, next December ‘to be close to his fellow compatriots’, according to ecclesiastic sources in Buenos Aires. The visit in the first half of December could extend to neighbouring Uruguay and Chile.

By choosing December the Pope avoids involvement in Argentina’s October mid term elections

However the Vatican has confirmed that Francis will be visiting Brazil next July to participate in the World Youth Congress, which will become the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s first trip overseas as Pope. The event is scheduled to last from July 23 to 28.

The date picked to travel to Argentina is not without significance. It will be after the coming mid term elections in October in which President Cristina Fernandez future is to be decided since she can only have a chance of re-re-election if the constitution is modified and for this she needs the support of two thirds of the General Assembly.

Another pious and humble picture with the Pope just a few weeks before the crucial election would certainly have been ‘God’s hand gift’, but Cardinal Bergoglio is well aware of Argentine politics as not to commit such a clumsy move.

Despite the fact that the Argentine president and her deceased husband Nestor Kirchner had a distant relation with Bergoglio when he was head of Argentina’s Episcopal Conference and Buenos Aires Archbishop, since he preached openly against corruption and poverty in Argentina, Cristina Fernandez adopted a clearly conciliatory attitude towards Francis during their first private interview in the Vatican and was also strongly moved by the coronation ceremony a week ago.

According to La Nacion the Pope mentioned to Cristina Fernandez that he had to decide to travel to Argentina later in the year so as to avoid involvement in the coming electoral process.

Besides next December is the 35th anniversary of the Beagle channel peace treaty, which prevented a war between neighbouring Chile and Argentina over three islands in the extreme south of the continent. Likewise December 10 will be the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy to Argentina when a civilian government was elected after long years of military dictatorship and the collapse of the regime following the Malvinas invasion disaster.

Back in 1987 Pope John Paul II visited Argentina and also included in the tour, Chile and Uruguay.

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1 Shed-time (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 09:44 am Report abuse
Are they going to bring out the desiccated arm of some long-dead orgiastic pope for them all to pray to in a festival of necromancy and idolatry?

Normal catholic service then.
2 Viscount Falkland (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 10:11 am Report abuse
No doubt he will pop over to see his small flock in the Falkland Islands and be the first Pope to do so.He would be very welcome by everyone.
However, the Whore of Babylon would throw all the toy's out of the pram ,so that won't happen !
3 Shed-time (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 10:22 am Report abuse
There aren't many golden statues of Mary in the Falklands for him to pray to for magic-luck, so I doubt it's on his top ten list of vacation spots.

... also the choir is made up of middle-aged women.
4 CaptainSilver (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
Nice way for Belgrano to get back home for Christmas!
5 slattzzz (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
Going to brazil first in July not his home country probably thinks or hopes CFK will be gone by Dec so playing for time
6 Santa Fe (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
Glad CFK has said sorry for her and her husband being nasty to the Pope, maybe they could ask him to help with the RG Colonisation of the Falklands, although the Vatican have said it won't, worth a punt
7 Pete Bog (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 08:08 pm Report abuse
If he does not visit his catholic flock in the Falklands I hope there is a complaint and some good news mileage for the Falklands being bullied again.

I hope he will be impartial and visit as he is a religious leader and not in charge of a country.
8 Ricardita (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 08:09 pm
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9 Santa Fe (#) Mar 27th, 2013 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
8... Or he or she could use the free press in Argentina, DOH it's state run!!!! Propaganda machine
10 Anglotino (#) Mar 28th, 2013 - 03:58 am Report abuse
“Likewise December 10 will be the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy to Argentina when a civilian government was elected after long years of military dictatorship and the collapse of the regime following the Malvinas invasion disaster.”

Doesn't the author mean:
“......the collapse of the regime following the resounding defeat of the junta by the United Kingdom.”
11 commonsparrow (#) Mar 29th, 2013 - 11:03 pm Report abuse
He seems like a very nice man, besides being Pope. Let him go to Argentina for Christmas, this was his home.

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