Pope Francis has brought out his most leftist side during the visit of the mayor of Madrid to Vatican City. The Holy Father received José Luis Martínez-Almeida at the Apostolic Palace with an affectionate greeting and with a positive comment on the former mayoress of Madrid, Manuela Carmena. With a smile, the Pope reminded Almeida that “he is heir to the great Manuela» referring to far-left politics.
For his part, José Luis Martínez-Almeida has published through his social networks that he has conveyed to the Pope «gratitude and affection of the capital of Spain for granting us the Holy Year of San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid».
Today, in audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
I have transferred the gratitude and affection of the capital of Spain for granting us the Holy Year of San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid, which we celebrate on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his canonization. pic.twitter.com/RB30VmOxfu
– José Luis Martínez-Almeida (@AlmeidaPP_) March 18, 2023
Likewise, the religious leader has also received in audience the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who has revealed that Pope Francis has asked her for unity. «He has asked us for unity, which is not the same as uniformity, that we think of the people ahead of ideologies, something with which I totally agree. You have to govern based on principles and values, but never on the basis of ideologies that make a grid management that does nothing more than divide the people, “the president explained to the media after the meeting.
“He has asked us to stop talking so much about the past and about wars and I couldn’t agree more”, added the president, who, for her part, transferred to the Dadthe “affection and closeness” of the citizens of Madrid and to pray for everyone, especially for the most vulnerable people and those in difficult situations.
Isabel Díaz Ayuso has also mentioned that she has been talking about Madrid, a city and a region “popular and at the service of all” and Díaz Ayuso has assured that it has been an “unforgettable moment”. The President traveled to Rome (Italy) with a delegation from Madrid, which also included the Mayor of Madrid, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, the Government delegate in Madrid, Mercedes González, and the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro. The audience has lasted about half an hour and the president has given him a facsimile that includes the miracles of San Isidro Labrador.