Pope Francis expresses solidarity with Cristina Kirchner
The Supreme Pontiff, also from Argentina, reacted after the attempted murder of the vice president and pleaded that "social harmony should always prevail."
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Pope Francisco backed Argentina Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in addition to the rejection of "all forms of violence and aggression," after an attempt was made on her life on Thursday, Sept. 1.
"Having received the disturbing news of the attack that your Excellency suffered yesterday afternoon, I wish to express my solidarity and closeness in this delicate moment," the Pope said in a telegram sent on Sept. 1 to the vice president.
"I pray that in dear Argentina social harmony and respect for Democratic values may always prevail against all types of violence and aggression," the pontiff added in his message.
On Thursday, Sept. 1 in Buenos Aires, capital of the country, a man was arrested after attempting to shoot at the former president in the vicinity of her home, when a vigil was being held by her supporters
The television channel C5N recorded the moment when the person pulled out the firearm in front of the face of the former president of Argentina.
Argentina is currently experiencing a period of strong political tension and the vice president is facing a request for imprisonment in the framework of an oral trial against her for alleged corruption in the awarding of public works during her administration from 2007 to 2015.
Groups for and against the vice president have been demonstrating in the streets of Buenos Aires since prosecutors asked for a prison sentence on Aug. 22.