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The Pope Gets A Mate Kit

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 18:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY AND STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL OR MERCHANDISING USAGE - BOOKS OUT, BROADCA
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY AND STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL OR MERCHANDISING USAGE - BOOKS OUT, BROADCAST OUT, All image rights and copyrights reserved to the photographic Service of L'Osservatore Romano. IMAGE IS NOT LICENSED FOR USAGE BEYOND 60 DAYS OF CREATE DATE) Pope Francis meets Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on March 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Vatican is preparing for the inauguration of Pope Francis on March 19, 2013 in St Peter's Square. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

A kit for making mate tea was the first gift that Pope Francis received from a world leader. The kit, which included a silver straw, a thermos and a small mate bowl made of cured squash, was presented to Pope Francisco by Argentine President Cristina Krichner, who seemed to be rather nervous as she unwrapped the traditional Argentine gift.

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