Pope Francis seen as critical of Argentine leader Mauricio Macri

(WSJ) Pope Francis’ active engagement in political questions has stirred particular controversy in his native country, where he has faced criticism for what some see as a series of papal snubs of President Mauricio Macri.

Beyond the more general denunciations from some quarters of the pontiff for bashing globalization and avoiding criticism of Cuba’s Communist rulers, Pope Francis has been fending off charges at home that he is brushing off Mr. Macri as the president is weaning Argentina off populist policies, realigning it with the West, and leading South America toward market-friendly overhauls as the collapse in commodities prices undermines leftist governments across the region.

The Vatican denies anything is amiss, and Francis has dismissed speculation about the alleged tension. “I think Macri is a good person, a noble person,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with La Nación last month. The Vatican’s then-spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope “does not enter into any sort of polemic regarding the politics of Argentina.” [More]