Bergoglio also accused the Kirchner government of not doing enough to reduce "scandalous" poverty rates in Argentina, and scolded the Kirchner administration for its handling of a train crash that killed dozens of people.
According to the National Catholic Reporter, a U.S. publication, it was exactly this combination of social activism, personal austerity and respect for conservative family values that made Bergoglio a strong papal candidate.
The Catholic Reporter pointed out that Bergoglio was also the first ever member of the Jesuit order to be elected to the papal throne.
"He appealed to conservatives in the College of Cardinals as a man who had held the line against liberalizing currents among the Jesuits, and to moderates as a symbol of the church's commitment to the developing world," the National Catholic Reporter said.
On Wednesday evening, after Cardinal Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Argentine news anchor Eduardo Feinmann briefly laid these political discussions aside and shared his own feelings of national pride with his countrymen.
"As I was leaving St Peter's square, I saw a French journalist making his report," Feinmann said on Argentina's C5N TV. "You cannot imagine the sense of pride one feels, when an international journalist behind you or besides you is saying that the Pope is Argentinean."