LONDON – The pope may be infallible to his followers, but not to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Pope Francis — the Argentine cardinal elected as the new pontiff earlier this week — has been quoted as describing the Falkland Islands as Argentine soil that was "usurped" by Britain.
The islands in the South Atlantic have been British territory since 1833 but are also claimed by Argentina, which calls them the Malvinas.
Islanders last week voted overwhelmingly "yes" in a referendum to remaining a British Overseas Territory.
Cameron on Friday urged the pope to respect that vote, saying "the white smoke over the Falklands was pretty clear."
When asked about the pope's views on the Falklands at a Brussels news conference, Cameron said he doesn't agree with the pontiff, "respectfully, obviously."