Saturday, February 17, 2024

Pope's confessor: Francis' visit would do Argentina good

Soon-to-be Cardinal, the confessor who apologised to Jesus for forgiving  too much - Vatican News

The Pope's long-time confessor, Cardinal Luis Pascual Dri, is also hoping that Pope Francis will visit his home country of Argentina. 

"I think he would do Argentina a lot of good," the 96-year-old priest from Buenos Aires told Deutschlandfunk radio. "We are quite divided in politics, even in the church. It's not all rosy. So if one day the Pope brings a word, a hope, he could say: forgiveness is the oxygen that purifies the air polluted by hatred."

Recently, there have been increasing indications that the Pope may be travelling to Argentina this year. 

Following tensions during the election campaign, the mood between Argentina's new President Javier Milei and Pope Francis has softened. Milei's visit to the Vatican this week was extremely harmonious. 

The politician had already invited Francis to visit the South American country, which has been hit by a financial and economic crisis. 

The Pope himself had also repeatedly spoken of a possible visit home. However, there are no official travel plans as yet.

Cardinal Dri has been working at the Marian shrine of Nuestra Senora De Pompeya in Buenos Aires since 2000 - including as a sought-after confessor - where he still hears confessions today. 

In the Argentinian media, the Capuchin priest was referred to as the" Pope'sconfessor " because of his acquaintance with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.