Pope Francis holds a traditional calabash gourd used to drink Mate, which was given to him as a present from President Cristina Kirchner yesterday. Photograph: Argentine Presidency via New York Times

PADDY AGNEW in Rome “I’ve never been kissed by a pope before.” So said Argentine president Cristina Kirchner after she me(...)

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but Rome’s old monopoly over the region has been broken. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio got to know the challenges his church confronts in Latin America, home to the world’s g(...)

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