The long influential shadow of Buenos Aires born Pope Francis was again present on Monday 25 May at two significant religious and official ceremonies, calling for responsible leadership and an end to political bickering.
Archbishop of Luján, Monsignor Agustín Radrizzani, called for work and solidarity while offering the Te Deum ceremony at the Luján Basilica for the 205° anniversary of the May Revolution, commemorated this Monday.
Speaking before President Cristina Fernández, most of her cabinet ministers and other government officials, the religious leader asked for no more fighting.
Last year, the head of state returned to Buenos Aires City Cathedral for the Te Deum ceremony for the first time in eight years after improving relations between the government and Jorge Bergoglio, as he was named Pope Francis.
Meanwhile, at the Metropolitan Cathedral, another Te Deum was being celebrated, with the presence of Mayor and presidential hopeful Mauricio Macri.
Buenos Aires City Archbishop, Monsignor Mario Poli, asked to “overcome the idea that the other is an adversary or an enemy”. He furthermore asked for social unity and the responsibility of political leaders.
However when asked about the president attending the Te Deum at the Luján Basilica, Macri said he regretted the president returning to Luján.
It's a pity the Te Deum is split in two. We had made it last year, I don't know why the president decided to return to Luján, Macri told reporters.
What is important is to think what we are going to do after December 10, to build with all the country the relationship we already have with the City neighbors, the presidential hopeful stated.
Meanwhile from Rome, Pope Francis said that wealth has to serve the “greater good” and asserted that its abundance lived in a selfish way is “sad, takes hope away and it is the origin of every kind of corruption, either big or small.”
The Pope stated that this attitude explains the unhappiness in our world, its injustice and wickedness during the homily in the mass at Saint Marta’s house.
“Clinging to wealth, ready to increase it and protect it. Corrupted people that find paradise only in this will eventually lose themselves and walk definitely away from God. Wealthy but sterile, incapable of administrating money for the sake of all men,” affirmed the pontiff.
Bergoglio explained that to hold on to wealth is “the beginning of all kind of corruption, personal and in business, -even the small commercial crimes-, political and educational.”