Poli appeals for dialogue as CFK attends Tedeum ceremony
Archbishop of Buenos Aires Mario Poli invoked the spirit of Pope Francis in an impassioned plea for dialogue, as he headed a Tedeum ceremony commemorating the May Revolution with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in attendance.
Cristina sat alongside City Mayor Mauricio Macri and other political figures in the capital's Metropolitan Cathedral, as she attended the event for the first time since being elected head of state in 2007.
"When leaders of different sectors ask me for advice, my answer is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue," Poli affirmed, paraphrasing his predecessor in Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio.
"The only way for people to move forward is through a culture of conciliation, in which everybody has something to contribute," he explained.
"Either we gamble on dialogue, on a culture of conciliation, or everyone loses."
The last time the president attended the Tedeum was in 2006, while accompanying Néstor Kirchner as first lady. That was the last time a head of state joined the traditional religious ceremony.
The president’s return to the Tedeums highlights improved relations between the church and the government. Néstor Kirchner –then followed by Cristina- had decided to stop attending the traditional annual Tedeum after former archibishop Jorge Bergoglio gave a harsh homily in 2006, criticising politicians.