March 17, 2013 |
Very few Argentines were on hand for the proceedings, for the white smoke followed by the traditional proclamation, Habemus papam - "We have a pope. " But on the other side of the world, the people of Buenos Aires erupted with jubilation when they learned that the new pontiff, Pope Francis, was Argentine. The celebration was more about national pride than religious pride, however. At the moment that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has become the face of Catholicism in the Southern Hemisphere and the world, his own country is becoming far less religious.
March 16, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - A block away from Pope Francis' childhood home, a modest neighborhood church is wedged between a bakery and a bank of middle-class town houses. Inside is a small sign festooned in pastel construction paper - like the kind that church ladies anywhere in the world might make to celebrate a child's first communion. "Thank you, Francis!" it says. "Your pueblo accompanies you and prays for you. " Underneath is a reproduction of a card identifying Francis - Holy Father, bishop of Rome and vicar of Jesus Christ - as a fan of San Lorenzo, Buenos Aires' underdog soccer team.
March 15, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES -- With its dozen Corinthian columns supporting a triangular pediment, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires might be mistaken, by the casual tourist, for a really nice bank -- and perhaps no more so than on Friday afternoon, when a line of people had formed in the entryway. They were waiting to take a photo of a modest sign, printed on a smallish sheet of paper, that announced, "Habemus papam . " We have a pope. Below that was a photo of the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who had become Pope Francis two days before.
March 15, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - For the last two days here “it's been all pope, everything pope. In the streets, in the cafes, on the corners, everyone's talking about the pope,” said Fernando Vignoles, a thirtysomething cab driver and longtime resident of Argentina's capital. From the freeway late Thursday night, Vignoles proudly pointed into the darkness to the outline of a handsome old church where the man now known as Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, had presided over his confirmation ceremony as a young man. “He's a good guy, a really good guy,” he said.
March 14, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - The man who is now Pope Francis was a young Jesuit leader, not long out of seminary, when Argentina's military junta unleashed a reign of terror that became known as the "dirty war. " That was more than 30 years ago, but the reaction to the naming of the first Argentine pope shows that the wounds have not yet healed. Many Argentines were still stunned Thursday that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, had become the first pope from the Americas.
March 14, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES -- The award for cleverest new-pope headline probably goes to Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid, which featured a front-page photograph Thursday of Pope Francis raising his right hand from the Vatican balcony. The headline: “The New Hand of God.” Non-British readers might find the wording uninspiring, possibly a tad impudent. But Britons and Argentines, and dedicated soccer fans, should get the point. A groan from London, a grin from Buenos Aires. A link to the Daily Mirror's front page made the rounds on Twitter feeds in the Argentine capital.
March 13, 2013 |
BUENOS AIRES - Argentines reacted with joyous surprise to the news that former Jesuit priest, local archbishop and, most recently, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. In sharp contrast, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's response was notably restrained, owing to past differences with the new Pope Francis. In the minutes after the announcement, hundreds of Buenos Aires faithful assembled outside the cathedral in the capital's central Plaza de Mayo, where the new pope once held Masses and gave homilies.
January 17, 2013 |
Like soccer, the current electronic dance music craze arrived late to South America after being invented decades earlier and thousands of miles away. But as eventually happened with fútbol , the prodigies of Latin America are schooling the rest of the world in how to play the game. The reasons for South America's surging EDM scene should be obvious. Take a region rich in compelling beats (salsa, cumbia, mambo, merengue, vallenato, reggaeton) and melodic textures that are ripe for digital sampling and splicing.
November 20, 2012 |
BUENOS AIRES -- Strikes called by two Argentine unions pressing for reduced taxes and better social benefits paralyzed Buenos Aires and much of the country, the latest signs of an upswell in opposition to President Cristina Fernandez and her policies. Truck drivers, garbage collectors, train conductors and airport employees observed the strike called by the General Workers Confederation and Argentinian Workers Central -- unions that combined have about 500,000 members. An estimated 2,000 trucks blocked bridges and arterial roads in Buenos Aires as well as those leading to provincial capitals, bringing commerce to a halt.
July 8, 2012
It was $82 for a cab from Haneda Airport in Tokyo into town and more than triple that from Narita. The good news: It's not that expensive to eat in Japan. Or really any of the four other places we tried. The Associated Press sent reporters on a typical tourist's itinerary one weekday in June in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dubai and Buenos Aires to compare prices. There were some pleasant surprises. One was just how affordable it is to be a tourist in Dubai, which is perceived as one of the world's most expensive cities.