July 31, 2014
Malvinas war veterans take 'peace calls' to Pope Francis
During his weekly general audience at St Peter's square, Pope Francis met with a group of Malvinas war veterans and families of soldiers who died in the war Argentina and the UK fought over the sovereignty of the British-seized territories in 1982.
The Argentine pontiff was pictured with members of the delegation that was headed by the Malvinas Families Commission President Delmira de Cao and the Principal of the Lanús University Ana Jaramillo.
According to international media that reported the news of the meeting, Malvinas veterans requested the pope to bless a replica of the Luján Virgin that belongs to the Darwin Cemetery in the islands where Argentina’s unidentified soldiers remain buried. Francis was requested to make a prayer for “the peace in the South Atlantic” as well.
The pontiff received the group of Argentineans ahead of his April 3 audience with UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, head of the Anglican Church. Just a day before the gathering with the English leader, on April 2, Buenos Aires and London will mark the 32nd anniversary of an armed conflict that claimed the lives of 649 Argentine troops and 255 British soldiers.
Calls for the pope's intervention in the Malvinas dispute were renewed last year by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner when she arrived at the Vatican to attend Francis' inauguration mass and asked the head of the Roman Catholic Church - a Latin American for the first time in history -, for his "holy intervention" in the bilateral row.