WASHINGTON – Silence came from the Argentinian Embassy on Wednesday after the Vatican announced the name of the first Latin American pope.
Shortly after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio,76,of Buenos Aires was named Pope Francis,about half a dozen reporters gathered outside the embassy hoping for reaction or comment.
An embassy representative said Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would make a comment,but did not say when. As cardinal,Bergoglio was critical of some of the government’s policies,including the country’s legalization of gay marriage.
Pope Francis is the first to be born outside of Europe in more than a millennium.
People walking by the embassy,near Dupont Circle,hadn’t heard that a new pope had been chosen,said they didn’t know enough to comment or said they weren’t interested.
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