BUENOS AIRES - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner said Monday that she had asked her compatriot Pope Francis to intervene in the row between their country and Britain over the Falkland Islands.
Pope Francis welcomes Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on March 18, 2013 in the Vatican, in a photo released by the Vaican press office. The first pontiff from Latin America had testy relations with Kirchner when he was Buenos Aires' archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, particularly over gay marriage and abortion laws.
"I asked his intervention to promote dialogue between the two sides," Kirchner told a news conference after meeting Francis ahead of his inaugural mass on Tuesday, noting that Pope John Paul II had mediated in a similar conflict between Argentina and Chile.
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