The Pope is Argentine

That’s right people. From now on the Catholic church’s representative of God will be drinking mate, giving communion with Malbec and cheering for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup… Goooooool!

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What do Argentines think?

Argentines are pretty proud of themselves. The announcement of  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a.k.a Papa Francisco, was met with Pope cheers, Pope posters, Pope flags and Pope World Cup memes.

The Holy Trinity – Messi, Fransisco y Maradona

In a country where people make the cross passing churches on crowded public buses, there are more than a few devote Catholics.

Fun Fact: Until 1994 the Argentine Constitution required the President to be a Roman Catholic.

Or are they?

Many seem to be skeptical about what an Argentine Pope means and are cynical about the new Pope’s inaction during the dictatorship in Argentina (1973 – 1986). This is particularly notable in Kirchernistas, or supporters of President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner.

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The Roman Catholic Church is iconic with the old power structures (remember colonialism?) and Cristina Kirchner is very much the embodiment of the new independent Latin American populist politician (see: Chavez).

While it remains to be seen if/how this tension plays outs, one thing is for sure, not even Crisitina would miss out on such a political golden moment.

Cristina sharing mate with the Pope

YPF is Argentina

For those of you who don’t read the international section of the newspaper, Argentina recently nationalized YPF, a Spanish oil company.

For anyone living in Buenos Aires, this move came as no surprise. The writing had been on the wall for weeks. More specifically plastered all over the city.

I woke up in mid-April to find hundreds of political posters plastered all over the city: on bus stops, utility boxes and construction sites. The cheap glue dripped down the sides from an assuming rushed and hurried application of mass produced posters. Here a few examples:

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