December 20, 2014
Parrilli: ‘We don’t know why the Vatican says Pope’s letter is a fake’
Government's Chief-of-Staff Oscar Parrilli and Worship Secretary Guillermo Oliveri have said that the letter from Pope Francis to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner revealed earlier today is authentic, and wondered why the Vatican claims it’s a fake, as the letter was delivered by proper means from the Apostolic Nunciature in Buenos Aires to the presidential secretary.
“We don’t know what happened, we don’t know why the Vatican claims the letter is a fake”, said Parrilli during a press conference held at Government’s House.
“The letter was delivered from the Apostolic Nunciature to the presidential secretary by traditional, regular, proper means,” Oliveri added.
The Worship Secretary said the letter came together with a sealed envelope, in traditional yellow paper, and was delivered by the person that regularly handles correspondence between the Apostolic Nunciature (the Vatican’s equivalent to an embassy) and the Government.
Once the Worship Secretary received the letter, it was sent to government's Chief-of-Staff Oscar Parrilli, as it was addressed to the President, Oliveri added.
Parrilli said he called the President, read the letter, and then published it in the government’s website because its content spoke to all argentines.
“From our point of view, the letter is authentic. It was deliverer by the proper means. The Apostolic Nunciature should clarify why the Vatican says it’s a fake”, Parrilli insisted.