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Commemorative coin: “Tribute from the Argentine People to Pope Francis”

Wednesday, December 4th 2013 - 00:53 UTC
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Cristina could never miss a photo with Pope Francis although she loathed Cardinal Bergoglio Cristina could never miss a photo with Pope Francis although she loathed Cardinal Bergoglio

Argentine Lower House passed last week a bill creating a commemorative coin as a tribute to Latin America's first Pope. Lawmaker Oscar Cachi Martinez first proposed the measure in April, and it garnered approval from congressional committees during November. The next step is for the bill to the considered by the Senate.

 The goal of the coins, according to the text of the proposed law, is “to commemorate an event of global dimensions, so our present and future generations remember this splendid act in the history of humanity, in which the principal actor is an Argentine.”

Beneath the Pope's face, the coins would read, “Tribute from the Argentine People to Pope Francis.”

Catholic faithful across Latin America cheered the election of Pope Francis earlier this year.

Even though about 480 million of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics live in the region, for centuries, the church's top job had gone to Europeans.

That changed with the announcement that then-Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, would become the new Pontiff.

The 77-year-old pontiff has sought to awaken a spirit of joy and compassion in the church, scolding Catholic “sourpusses” who hunt down rule-breakers and calling out a “tomb psychology” that “slowly transforms Christians into mummies in a museum”.

“We believe that the way of being, the charisma and the humility of Pope Francis have managed to revive global sympathy for the Catholic Church” said Argentine lawmaker.

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  • CabezaDura

    Shouden't congress have more urgent things to consider??

    Dec 04th, 2013 - 04:32 am 0
  • Briton

    Argentina people,

    or more likely, CFK
    how far some will one crawl to get noticed ..lol

    Dec 04th, 2013 - 03:32 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    The medal will of course have the additional words “Malvinas Son Argentine” and not forgetting the immortal cliche: “Thank you for your support in our great cause”.

    I wonder how many “veterans” will make their drunken way to the Vatican to “assist” in presenting this fabulous item, sure to be copied and given to every argie whether they can read or not.

    Two weeks after the hand-over it will be on E-Bay for 10 arsewipes ONO. You just have to laugh at the antics TMBOA gets up to.

    BUT, in a spirit of ”complete humility”, this, as a final laugh a minute quote: We believe that the way of being, the charisma and the humility of Pope Francis have managed to revive global sympathy for the Catholic Church” said Argentine lawmaker.

    Ha, ha, ha. In your dreams.

    Dec 04th, 2013 - 08:25 pm 0
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