Pope prays for ‘beloved Argentina’ after assassination attempt on vice president

Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner waves to supporters gathered outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires on August 23, 2022. Pope Francis sent Fernández de Kirchner a telegram of support and prayers following an attempt to assassination against her on September 1. (CNS photo/Agustin Marcarian, Reuters)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following the attempted assassination of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Pope Francis has expressed concern and prayers that his home nation will choose to uphold the values ​​of a democracy and avoid the path of violence.

The video showed a person pointing a handgun point-blank at the vice president’s head as he greeted people outside his home in Buenos Aires on late September 1. The sound of the trigger being pulled could be heard in the video, but the handgun did not fire. President Alberto Fernández said the gun was loaded with five bullets. The suspect was apprehended immediately.

In a telegram sent to the Vice President, Pope Francis said he had received “the disturbing news of the attack suffered by Your Excellency”.

“I want to express my solidarity and closeness at this delicate time,” he said in the message, which the Vatican released Sept. 2.

“I pray that social harmony and respect for democratic values ​​always prevail against all forms of violence and aggression in beloved Argentina,” he said in the telegram.

The attack came as Fernández de Kirchner faced trial for alleged acts of corruption during his two terms as president, from 2007 to 2015.

She has strongly denied the charges and she still remains popular with many poor people in Argentina. Supporters gathered for days outside his home to protest the charges and a prosecutor’s appeal for him to serve a 12-year sentence as well as a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernández de Kirchner was expected to run for the Senate, and possibly for the presidency, in next year’s general election.

The president declared September 2 a public holiday “so that the Argentine people can, in peace and harmony, express themselves in defense of life, democracy and in solidarity with our vice president,” according to the president. ‘Associated Press.

The article is in French

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