Papal Power

Fernandez Asks Pope For Falklands Help

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.”