…as Argentina Gains First Female Saint
Argentina’s first female Saint, María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, has been canonised.
The event which held on Sunday, brought Pope Francis and the country’s president Javier Milei together for the first time.
Known as Mama Antula, María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa, was an 18th-Century laywoman, seen by some, as Argentina’s first feminist.
Reports say she had renounced her family’s riches to minister to the poor, and helped keep the Jesuit movement alive in Argentina after the religious order – to which the Pope belong.
The Pope had described her on Friday as a “gift to the Argentine people and also to the entire Church”.
President Javier Milei, a libertarian, travelled to the Vatican for the Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, where he met and hugged the 87-year-old Pope.
He had earlier described Pope Francis as an “imbecile” who “promotes communism”, but later toned down his criticism after taking office in December.
Shortly after his election win in November, Mr Milei invited the Pope – whom he addressed as “Your Holiness” – to visit Argentina in 2024.
The religious leader, who is from Buenos Aires, has not visited his home country since becoming Pope in 2013.
Pope Francis and President Milei will meet again in a private audience at the Vatican on Monday.