The Pope and The Falklands
Perhaps this is the worst coincidence ever, but should Brits really celebrate the appointment of the "Malvinas Pope"
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll have probably noticed the white smoke billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel today.
The event signalling the appointment of Francis I has been heralded across the globe, with Catholics the world over rejoicing that a new messenger from God has come to the fore.
But Brits, be they Catholic or otherwise, should be wary of the new Pope assuming the bully pulpit that is the Vatican. And the Pope should be aware - whatever he doles out to Britain, he'll get back 1000 times over.
Speaking previously on the issue of the Falklands, an issue all but laid to rest by this week's referendum, the new Pope has been heard to proclaim in favour of the Argentinians:
“We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the Homeland who went out to defend their mother, the Homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the Homeland, and it was usurped,” he claimed in a mass at the metropolitan cathedral, 30 years on from the violent conflict with Great Britain.
"The Homeland cannot exclude from its memory, anyone who was called; it has to take charge of so many hearts with scars, and say thank you to them, to those who stayed on the island or those submerged in the water, to all of them.
“Let’s pray to God that these years – despite the efforts of many to de-Malvinise history and reality – have served to silently mature the conscience of many Argentinians far and wide in this country, in a more authentic love for the Homeland, in a spirit of justice, through anonymous sacrifice, that they should be the hidden but fruitful sap which will make us live in freedom, in all the possible ways within this anxious life.”
Can't say we're going to be the biggest fan of this Pope.
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