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Pope Francis Tricked to Pose With ‘Dialogue for Malvinas’ Sign

A placard which reads, "It's time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom for Falklands", is held by audience members as Pope Francis is greeted during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Aug. 19.

A placard which reads, "It's time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom for Falklands", is held by audience members as Pope Francis is greeted during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, on Aug. 19.

Photographer: Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP

Pope Francis was sucked into Argentina’s dispute with the U.K. over the Falkland Islands after an activist thrust a sign in his hands calling for dialogue between the two countries and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner jumped on the opportunity to rekindle the fight.

Fernandez tweeted a photo of the Pope, the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, holding the sign, which is part of a campaign marking the 50th anniversary of a United Nations resolution calling for the two countries to hold talks over the dispute. The Pope swiftly quashed the attempt to link him to the cause after a spokesman said the small poster was handed over during a weekly public gathering when lots of people give him things and that he had no idea what the item was.