Media: The Vatican has delayed preparations for a visit by the Pope

The Holy See has delayed preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to Argentina, which was due to take place in 2024, say media in the homeland of the Catholic Church leader, as well as the Spanish press.

The reason for this decision is said to be the unfavorable statements of Javier Milei, an economist and politician popular in Argentina, who accused the Pope in several interviews of actions allegedly harmful to the Church and of supporting communist dictatorships in Latin -America.

Cardinal nominee Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, quoted by the online daily Religion Digital, referring to the negative opinions expressed about Francis by Javier Mileia, said the Pope will not go where his presence is not welcome and where ‘he is invited’ or where he is ignored.

The Spanish daily ‘El Mundo’, which reported on the delay in preparations for the visit planned for 2024, said that one of the allegations made by Milei, who won the presidential primaries in Argentina in August this year, is the personality of the Pope the fact that since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio took over the leadership of the Church in 2013, he has never visited his country. The newspaper recalls that previous popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, not only visited their country several times, but also went there often during their pontificates.

Visit to France

Pope Francis will travel to Marseille, France, from September 22 to 23. This will be Pope Bergoglio’s 44th trip abroad.

The purpose of the Pope’s visit is to participate in the closing of the Third Meeting of Mediterranean Countries (Rencontres Mediterraneennes). About 70 bishops, religious representatives and young people from across the Mediterranean will take part in the four-day meeting. Francis will celebrate Holy Mass at the stadium of the Olympique de Marseille football club. with the participation of about 60,000 believers.

Perhaps in Marseille, Francis will support the idea of ​​the head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni. Due to the dramatically increasing number of arrivals on the Italian coast, she is calling on other countries – including France – to open their ports to people from North Africa who are in Italy. The Pope will be able to talk about it during his meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.

Source: Do Rzeczy

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