March 20, 2013. (Romereports.com)
After about a three hour wait, Argentina's president talked to the
world wide press about her meeting with the Pope, which marks the his
first diplomatic meeting. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
“He was very sure of himself, he was at peace and very calm.”
Interestingly, before becoming Pope, Bergoglio actually clashed with the current president on social matters and laws that were implemented in the country. According to published reports, back then their differences even drove Kirchner to describe him as the leader of the 'opposition.' Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
“I think he will be committed to change things, which he knows need to change. I think it's a change we are seeing with different gestures, attitudes and I'm sure eventually we'll see changes in politics.”
But Pope Francis seems to be following his previous stance, since as a gift, he gave the president a copy of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.
The president also invited Pope Francis to Argentina, since in July he will be visiting neighboring Brazil, to lead World Youth Day 2013 in Rio.