Pope Francis will be receiving President Mauricio Macri on February 27, the first official meeting between both leaders since Macri took office in December. The meeting was confirmed by government sources.
The first time the Argentine pontiff met with Macri was in 2013 when the President was the mayor of the City of Buenos Aires. He attended the meeting with his wife Juliana Awada and their daughter Antonia.
Back in December, Macri spoke on the phone with Pope Francis to greet him on his birthday. It was the first official contact between them since Macri was sworn in as Argentina’s head of state.
Furthermore, there had been no communication between the leaders when Mauricio Macri won the presidential runoff on November 22. This was interpreted at the time as some kind of diplomatic displeasure from the Vatican, that was represented at the swearing in ceremony by a neighboring country nuncio.