Milei Praises Pope in Reversal After Vatican Meeting

February 13, 2024

(Bloomberg) -- For Javier Milei, Pope Francis used to be “the devil’s man on Earth.” But now, after an encounter at the Vatican, the president praises the pontiff as “the most important” Argentine. Milei called the pope a “filthy leftist” and accused him of interfering in the politics of his deeply-Catholic home nation. The pope, for his part, had warned against “saviors without a past” like Adolf Hitler, comments Milei took as a personal insult. After Francis granted Milei a private audience Monday morning, the Vatican referred to their “cordial discussions” in a statement. Still, Milei and the Pope are not perfectly aligned when it comes to faith.