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2014-03-17

"They're Italian kids, yelling.”

 

The Pope was outside his Vatican residence, when he heard an unexpected greeting from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.



Usually the Pope meets with Heads of State in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. But on Monday, he decided to meet with Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, at his Santa Marta residence.

 

She arrived a bit late and with a sprained ankle.


CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
President of Argentina

"How are you? Is everything good?”

-Yes.

-Great.


POPE FRANCIS

 "I see you have a stiff foot.”



Kirchner told reporters she sprained her ankle the night before, walking around the hotel.

 


She came to Rome to congratulate the Pope on the first year of his pontificate. It's the third time they've met. The first was just a day before the Pope's Inauguration Mass last year,  and then in the summer during World Youth Day in Brazil.

 


At the meeting she introduced her delegation.

 


CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
President of Argentina

"This doctor is helping me with my foot.” 

 

 

 

Argentinian president was very talkative. Among the gifts she gave the Pope was a painting made out of wine.

 

 

 

 

CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
President of Argentina

"It's St. Rose of Lima, mother of Americas, painted with Malbec wine from Argentina.”

 

 

 

The Pope gave her a medallion of St. Martin and a copy of his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelli Gaudium.

 

 

 

 

CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
President of Argentina

"I love it. It has some very striking paragraphs.”

 

 

 

 

After greeting the president's delegation, Pope Francis had a private lunch with Kirchner at the residence.

 

 


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