By Julieta Villar
ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 21, 2023 / 18:20 pm
Pope Francis contacted the president-elect of Argentina, Javier Milei, to congratulate him on his victory in Sunday’s runoff presidential election. The libertarian economist, who ran for the La Libertad Avanza (Freedom Advances) party, will take office on Dec. 10.
The pontiff called the future president of Argentina on Tuesday and had a “pleasant and very good” conversation, those close to the politician told Infobae online news.
According to the news outlet, the person who made the contact possible was the pope’s ophthalmologist, Fabio Bartucci. The phone call was confirmed to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, by the Holy See’s Press Office.
When the call was made, Diana Mondino, a member of Milei’s La Libertad Avanza party just elected to the national Legislature, personally went looking for Milei, who was recording a television interview, and the president-elect interrupted the report to talk with the Holy Father.