Slovenian sweets or pizza?
Hours after the event, there has been much debate in the press about whether the First Lady understood the Pope’s question or not, or if his reference was lost in the translation of his Spanish. The Pope asked in Spanish, “What do you give him to eat … ‘potica’?” The translator relayed, “What do you give him to eat,” adding, “is it …”, when Melania interjected, “potica? Yes.” The name of the dessert sounds like po-tee-sa, which with Melania’s response, led commentators originally to understand that she misunderstood him to say “pizza.” In any case, it was a charming conversation.
Very few people are aware of the predilection and affection Bergoglio feels for this typical Slovenian sweet. In fact, for Pope Francis, “potica,” kind of “runs in the family.” His own niece, María Inés Navajo, is married to a Slovenian, and every time the Pontiff meets someone from that country, it reminds him of how good this delicacy, usually eaten on Easter Sunday, is. Clearly, Pope Francis was trying to make the First Lady feel at home.
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