Archbishop of Buenos Aires calls for “fraternal Argentina” — MercoPress
The Archbishop of Buenos Aires calls for “fraternal Argentina”
Argentine President Alberto Fernández finally gave up on spending the May 25 national holiday in Antarctica and walked from Casa Rosada with his entourage to the cathedral after breakfast for the traditional te Deum (thanksgiving service) in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires in charge of Archbishop Mario Poli, successor to Jorge Bergoglio since the latter became Pope Francis.
In his homily, Poli called for a “fraternal Argentina” and never mentioned the country’s current economic situation as Bergoglio did in the days of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The prelate, however, addressed the many shortcomings linked to the economic crisis and questioned the ethics of power.
“When so many families lack bread, it is when we have to think about our neighbors and their basic needs: education, health and justice,” Poli told President Fernández, members of the ministerial cabinet, legislators and the city of Buenos Aires. officials led by Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
Poli’s message was apparently aimed at the political divide between members of the Frente de Todos (FdT) coalition in which the Head of State and Vice President CFK disagree, as well as those in the opposition. The Archbishop spoke of “tensions which seem to repeat cruel confrontations” and “confrontations to preserve one’s own interests”.
“In the midst of tensions that seem to repeat cruel confrontations, the Pope tells us with his gestures of the Good Samaritan that the existence of each of us is linked to that of the others, life is not a time that passes, but a dating time,” Poli said.
CFK had left for his residence in El Calafate with his son, deputy mäximo Kirchner, and had posted a message on social networks about “the difficult times” that the country is going through.
It was President Fernández’s first te Deum, due to the pandemic restrictions in effect in 2020 and 2021. This year he planned to travel to Antarctica, but the Ministry of Defense advised against the trip due to weather conditions.
As usual, the President was seated in front of the other officials. All members of the national government were seated on one side of the aisle while those of the city of Buenos Aires – from the opposition Juntos por el Cambio alliance (JxC) – were on the other.
The only senior female official to attend the church service was presidential spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti. Ministers Carla Vizzotti, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta and Vilma Ibarra were absent for different reasons.
“Democracy, which sustains us as a social body organized in institutions, arouses fraternity but also requires ethics, benevolence and solidarity, honesty, dialogue which is always beneficial for understanding and commitment to the common good of all. Without these values that underpin social life, clashes arise between brothers, with each other to preserve their own interests,” Poli said.
The Catholic prelate concluded his speech: “I dare say that we must never tire of promoting goodness, justice, peace, taking care to transmit to current generations of children, adolescents and young people , above all, the most authentic values and cultural heritage that identify us, so that they can exercise the right to know that there is a future and deep reasons to continue to live and love our homeland. We entrust this cordial wish to the good hands of families and public education. May God bless all of us who live together in the Argentine nation and long live the homeland.