Category : Argentina

(WSJ) Javier Martínez-Brocal–Happy 80th Birthday, Pope Francis

So how does Pope Francis’ record look so far? He remains popular and scandal-free. When secret recordings of the pope discussing Vatican finances in July 2013 leaked, he sounded as committed to reform in private as he does in public, calling the Holy See’s costs “out of control.” Yet it remains an open question whether the Curia will implement his ambitious reforms, such as improving Vatican accounting or eliminating unnecessary positions. The Vatican bank also changes at a glacial pace, and it will take years to judge whether transparency efforts pay off.

The most immediate change comes from how Francis’ style has had an influence on everyone who works within the Vatican’s walls. Rather than live in the Apostolic Palace, Francis chose to live in a guesthouse. This makes him physically and spiritually closer to his employees and visitors. He also left behind fancier vestments and speaks plainly and directly to his subjects.

Under Francis, the Vatican looks less like a medieval court and more like a responsive government. He has placed a bishop exclusively in charge of helping the homeless near the Vatican. He ordered the installation of showers and bathrooms for the homeless, brought in refugee families to live at the Vatican, and welcomed the homeless for private tours. The pope has also publicly criticized the Vatican for “spiritual Alzheimer’s.”

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, Church History, Globalization, History, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, South America, Theology

Please dont try this at home-Tourist ”˜forgets wife’ at petrol station and drives on for 60 miles

A husband had a lot of explaining to do to his irate wife after driving off from a petrol station without her, according to reports in Brazil.

The man, only identified as Walter, was driving back to Argentina following a holiday in Brazil when he made the unfortunate error….

The couple’s 14-year-old son had also failed to spot his mother was missing as he was playing on his mobile phone in the front seat.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Argentina, Brazil, Marriage & Family, Psychology, South America, Theology, Travel

(BBC) Argentina opposition's Macri ahead in presidential election

Centre-right opposition candidate Mauricio Macri is ahead in the presidential election run-off in Argentina, early results suggest.
With 18% of votes counted, Mr Macri, 56, has about 54.5% to his centre-left rival Daniel Scioli’s 45.5%.
Loud cheers erupted at Mr Macri’s campaign headquarters after TV exit polls suggested he had won.
A spokesman for Mr Scioli said they would wait for more complete figures to come in before commenting.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Politics in General, South America

Chile Defeats Argentina in Penalty Shootout to Win Soccer’s Copa America

The wait is finally over for Chile, while the title drought continues for Argentina.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a save and striker Alexis Sanchez converted the winning penalty, as the hosts defeated Argentina 4-1 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw after extra time in the Copa America final on Saturday, finally winning their first major tournament.

The result extended Argentina’s 22-year title drought, and the country’s star player Lionel Messi will continue to hear criticism for his lackluster play with the national team.

In the shootout, Bravo stopped Ever Banega’s low shot by diving to his left to make the save, while earlier, Gonzalo Higuain also missed for Argentina, sending his shot over the crossbar.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Chile, Men, South America, Sports

Congratulations to Lionel Messi and Barcelona for winning the Treble

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Men, South America, Spain, Sports

Lionel Messi's Just Ridiculous Goal from the Copa Del Ray Final Today

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Men, South America, Spain, Sports

(Reuters) Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules

An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday.

Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo.

In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * International News & Commentary, Animals, Anthropology, Argentina, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, South America, Theology

Fifa talks to Lionel Messi after the World Cup Final

Before going up to collect his award, Messi sportingly accepted the commiserations of his opponents, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, who gave him a warm embrace at pitchside. He also took time to congratulate Manuel Neuer, who had followed him up to receive the adidas Golden Glove, and posed for the obligatory photos. Messi then rejoined his team-mates as they filed past the victorious Germans, before climbing the steps once more to pick up their runner’s up medals.

And still he kept his anguish and disappointment in check. Afterwards, following almost an hour in the dressing room, he made time to stop off for a photo with his side’s conqueror Mario Goetze, before making his way to the mixed zone to face the world’s media.

“Right now, nothing can console me ”“ not the award or anything else,” said Messi. “Our only goal was to take home the World Cup and enjoy our victory with everyone in Argentina. We deserved a bit more after the game we played, and it was very painful to lose that way,” added the Albiceleste No10, understandably anxious to conclude his round of interviews.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Globalization, Men, South America, Sports

Congratulations to Germany, World Cup 2014 Champions

There were definitely the best team–well done.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Germany, Men, South America, Sports

(Fox Sports) David Beckham backs Lionel Messi and Argentina to win World Cup final

David Beckham is thrilled to see Lionel Messi feature in the World Cup final and is backing the Argentina star to lead his team to victory.

Messi has often faced criticism that he has not reproduced his Barcelona form on the international stage, but has played a key role as the Albiceleste progressed to Sunday’s final against Germany.

“He’s amazing,” Beckham said in an interview on Adidas football’s YouTube channel.

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Germany, South America

One short video of what it meant to Argentina fans to see their Team Beat the Netherlands

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Globalization, South America, Sports, The Netherlands

A Preview of Today's World Cup Match Semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina

The second semi-final at Brazil 2014 features another tussle for supremacy between Europe and South America, with the Netherlands and Argentina renewing acquaintances in Sao Paulo. The two teams most famously contested the Final in 1978, when Argentina won 3-1 after extra time to record their only success in four FIFA World Cupâ„¢ meetings with the Oranje.

Their hopes of posting a second could well depend on Lionel Messi, who has driven the team forward in Brazil and regularly made the difference, with a haul of four goals and one assist so far. Performing a different role than he does for Barcelona, Messi pulls the strings for La Albiceleste thanks to his exceptional ball protection, devastating bursts of speed and precision passing.

He will have to make do without injured lieutenant Angel Di Maria, but the player whose absence will arguably be felt most is Nigel de Jong….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Globalization, Men, South America, Sports, The Netherlands

Argentina Barely Survive to Beat the Swiss in the World Cup

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, Men, South America, Sports, Switzerland

The Bishop of Doncaster's blog post from Argentina today

After an intense, busy but fascinating few days in Argentina, I’ve finally found space to write my first blog update, so here goes.

After recovering from the 13 hour flight we spent the first full day learning about the history of Argentina, the present financial and political climate, and the Anglican Church. There will be much to share about the political and financial situation and its impact on daily life when I return. Suffice to say there’s much anxiety and fear about levels of crime and violence. But the people of Argentina are resilient and optimistic and I experienced that in the people I have met.

90% of population still have some vestiges of faith, enough not to abandon it.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Argentina, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, South America

(NC Reporter) John Allen–Pope Francis gets his 'oxygen' from the slums

In Argentina, they say that if you want to understand the priestly soul of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then you have to know the villas miserias, literally “villas of misery,” meaning the slums in Buenos Aires where the poorest of the poor are found.

According to Fr. Juan Isasmendi, who lives and works in one of the villas, this is where the future Pope Francis filled his lungs with the “oxygen” he needed to think about what the church ought to be.

There are roughly 20 of these slums in Buenos Aires, often just a block or so away from gleaming high-rise office towers and luxury apartment buildings. Bergoglio’s pastoral revolution was to hand-pick a cadre of especially strong, dedicated priests not just to visit the villas but to live and work here, sharing the lives of the people down to the last detail.

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Roman Catholic, South America

Juan Martin del Potro Wins and keeps his Sense of humor (about the Pope)

“The pope comes, and then I beat [Andy] Murray and Novak,”… [Juan Martin del Potro] said. “There could be something there.”

His grin was as huge as his forehand. OK, nothing is quite that big.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Roman Catholic, South America, Sports

George Weigel on the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio–The First American Pope

The first Jesuit pope? Well, yes, in a manner of speaking. Bergoglio is an old-school Jesuit, formed by classic Ignatian spirituality and deeply committed to an intelligent, sophisticated appropriation and proclamation of the full symphony of Catholic truth ”” qualities not notable for their prevalence among members of the Society of Jesus in the early 21st century. I suspect there were not all that many champagne corks flying last night in those Jesuit residences throughout the world where the Catholic Revolution That Never Was is still regarded as the ecclesiastical holy grail. For the shrewder of the new pope’s Jesuit brothers know full well that that dream was just dealt another severe blow. And they perhaps fear that this pope, knowing the Society of Jesus and its contemporary confusions and corruptions as he does, just might take in hand the reform of the Jesuits that was one of the signal failures of the pontificate of John Paul II.

There will be endless readings of the tea leaves in the days ahead as the new pope, by word and gesture, offers certain signals as to his intentions and his program. But the essentials are already known. This is a keenly intelligent, deeply holy, humble, and shrewd man of the Gospel. He knows that he has been elected as a reformer, and the reforms he will implement are the reforms that will advance the New Evangelization. The rest is detail: important detail, to be sure, but still detail. The course is set, and the Church’s drive into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future has been accelerated by the pope who introduced himself to his diocese, and to the world, by bowing deeply as he asked for our prayers.

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Posted in * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Roman Catholic, South America

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York–Pope Francis 'the figure of unity for all Catholics'

“Pope Francis stands as the figure of unity for all Catholics wherever they reside. The bishops of the United States and the people of our 195 dioceses offer prayers for our new leader and promise allegiance to him,” Cardinal Dolan said. “Intense prayer from all around the world surrounded the election of Pope Francis. The bishops of the United States thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the inspired choice of the College of Cardinals.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Argentina, Globalization, Other Churches, Roman Catholic, South America

Vatican names Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope

Vatican press briefing by Federico Lombardi s.j. March 14th

Coverage:
Thursday, March 14th
+ Reuters – New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit
+ Anglican Ink – Francis a friend to Argentine Anglicans
+ Anglican Ink – Anglican accolades for Francis
+ Independent – Falkland Islanders greet election of Argentine as Pope Francis I with surprise
+ Guardian – Pope Francis: the reaction back home
+ BBC – Profile: Pope Francis
+ Telegraph – Pope Francis: interactive panorama shows thousands thronging St Peter’s Square
Wednesday, March 13th
+ Catholic Herald – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: a profile
+ CNS: Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, chooses Francis
+ Vatican Radio – Who is Pope Francis?
+ Reuters – Live updates with world reaction
+ BBC Live reaction

Posted in * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, Other Churches, Roman Catholic, South America

(NY Times) Jere Longman–Messi’s Brilliance Transcends His Numbers

It was Pep Guardiola, the former manager of Barcelona, who once suggested that Lionel Messi should be observed instead of dissected. He is, after all, widely considered the world’s greatest soccer player, not a biology project.

“Don’t try to write about him,” Guardiola said. “Don’t try to describe him. Watch him.”

On Sunday, Messi set an international record by scoring his 86th goal in a calendar year, for both Barcelona and the Argentine national team, delivering an average of one goal every four days, more frequently than a starting pitcher takes the mound, as often as Starbucks opens a new store in China.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, History, Men, South America, Spain, Sports

Wednesday Morning Mental Health Break–See Lionel Messi score all 86 of his Goals This Season

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Europe, History, Men, South America, Spain, Sports

([London] Times) Argentina friendless as Europe unites in protest over seizure of oil firm

Europe threw its weight behind Spain yesterday after a diplomatic war broke out between Madrid and Buenos Aires over Argentina’s decision to take over a multibillion-pound energy company.

In the wake of tensions between Britain and Argentina on the anniversary earlier this month of the Falklands invasion, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner risked further alienation around the world by pushing ahead with the nationalisation of Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), in which Repsol, a Spanish energy group, has a majority shareholding.

In response, Spain launched a trade and diplomatic offensive against Argentina, rallying allies in Brussels and the G20 against the move to take over 51 per cent of YPF.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, Europe, Foreign Relations, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, South America, Spain

AP: Different pope, different times for British trip

The Falklands war was in full swing and John Paul II was in London as the first pope ever to set foot on English soil.

Even as he snubbed Margaret Thatcher and prayed for peace in implicit criticism of Britain ”” whose troops were battling Catholic Argentines ”” the pontiff received a rapturous welcome and was described in glowing terms by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

His successor, Benedict XVI, can expect a far cooler ”” if not at times downright hostile ”” reception in his upcoming state visit.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Argentina, England / UK, History, Other Churches, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, South America

BBC: Argentine Senate backs bill legalising same sex marriage

Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour.

The country’s Chamber of Deputies had already approved the legislation.

The vote in the Senate, which backed the bill by just six votes, came after 14 hours of at times heated debate.

The law, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, had met with fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and other religious groups.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Argentina, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, South America

Tevez inspires Argentina win

Two goals by Carlos Tevez – one hugely-controversial and the other a wonderful strike – sent Argentina through to the World Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Mexico.

The offside rule states there should be two players between the striker and the goal – there was not even one when Lionel Messi’s ball found Tevez’s head, and then the net to put Diego Maradona’s side in front.

Mexico went into meltdown and a defensive howler by Ricardo Osorio allowed Gonzalo Higuain to make it 2-0. It was Tevez who sewed the match up in brilliant fashion – and legitimately this time – early in the second half with Mexico left only to savour a stunning reply by Manchester United’s new signing Javier Hernandez.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Argentina, Globalization, Mexico, South America, Sports

(London) Times: Hillary Clinton Pours Oil on troubled waters

What was she thinking? By taking a last-minute detour, on her five-day trip to Latin America, to visit President Fernández de Kirchner in Buenos Aires, Hillary Clinton has ”” recklessly ”” given the appearance of throwing America’s weight behind Argentina in its row with Britain over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands…

Intruding in the dispute was lamentable enough. But in further offering to mediate between Buenos Aires and London, the US Secretary of State is implying that there may be some fruitful area of grey between their rival black-and-white claims. By suggesting so boldly that there may be room for negotiation when Britain has insisted that there is none, Mrs Clinton gives the impression that Argentina has America’s tacit support in the dispute.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Argentina, Economy, England / UK, Foreign Relations, South America, The U.S. Government