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    Fernandez Asks Pope For Falklands Help

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 18:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY AND STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL OR MERCHANDISING USAGE - BOOKS OUT, BROADCAST OUT, All image rights and copyrights reserved to the photographic Service of L'Osservatore Romano. IMAGE IS NOT LICENSED FOR USAGE BEYOND 60 DAYS OF CREATE DATE) Pope Francis meets Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on March 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Vatican is preparing for the inauguration of Pope Francis on March 19, 2013 in St Peter's Square. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

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    Pope Francis: peacemaker? In his first meeting with a head of state, the new pope met with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who asked Francis to intervene in Argentina’s dispute with the U.K. over the Falkland Islands. In the past Francis has said the islands belong to Argentina, but he has yet to respond to Fernandez’s request. A week ago Falkland Islanders voted overwhelmingly to remain a U.K. territory. Fernandez and Francis have clashed in the past, with the president calling the then-cardinal’s opposition to gay adoptions reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition.”

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