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Pope to meet Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner

18 March 2013 Last updated at 09:19 GMT

Pope Francis will hold his first official meeting with a head of state on Monday when he grants an audience to the Argentine president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Relations between the two have been tense in the past, particularly over the issue of poverty.

Alastair Leithead reports.