By Marcos Brindicci
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Czech journalist Jeri Hasek appeared in the hotel lobby saying to some of us Argentines, “You have a Pope! An Argentine Pope!”
The truth is, here in the Falkland Islands some swearing was heard after the news. I have to admit that, no matter what your opinion on the church and religious matters are, it is kind of exciting to learn that someone from your country gets to be Pope. But as an Argentine, I know this will boost our ego, and that can’t be good.
I left the hotel to find my co-workers from Reuters TV to tell them the news and I ran into Patrick Watts, a Falkland Islands journalist. Patrick told me, “Well, you can’t have the Falklands, but at least you got yourselves a Pope.”
Two Chilean journalists drove around town to break the news to us. One of them said, “God, if you Argentines thought you were the best before, now you’re going to be unbearable.” A British journalist just said, “Sorry, bad luck for you, guys.”
Of course, I couldn’t help but think about how the story was going to be covered in Buenos Aires and that my colleague there was going to have to work hard to find things related to Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. Many Argentine journalists in the Falklands to cover the referendum started saying that this would probably make our job in Buenos Aires more difficult. I know that we Argentines usually complain about just about anything, but I believe this brings us a new story to cover in Argentina, and thatβs exciting.