Argentine President Cristina Fernández will have a meeting with Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s visit to Paraguay, official sources have confirmed. The Argentine leader will travel to Asunción between July 11 and 13 for her sixth encounter with Francis, who will be ending his South American tour during those dates. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, beginning Sunday.
The last meeting between the Pope and Cristina Fernández was on June 7 in the Vatican. After the hearing, CFK said they discussed world hunger and politics, but not Argentine issues.
The last time the Argentine leader met with the Argentine born pope was during a Papal tour when Francis lead the Youth World Day in Río de Janeiro Brazil, in June 2013.
While Jorge Bergoglio was Buenos Aires cardinal, the Kirchner couple had a rough relation because the prelate was critical of government policies that contributed to poverty and corruption.
The couple even contracted a well known Argentine journalist to write about Bergoglio's allegedly controversial attitude when two Jesuits were caught by the military during the dictatorship and were tortured and imprisoned.
However since becoming pope, the situation changed dramatically and the Argentine leader has visited Bergoglio several times and apparently they speak quite often.
The pope is planning to visit Argentina, Uruguay and Chile in 2016, and specifically brushed aside this year because he did not want to influence Argentine politics. He also cancelled during this year meetings with Argentine political leaders because they are after a picture with the Pope.