CFK honours 'slum priest' Mugica on 40th anniversary of murder
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner led a commemorative event in honour of Carlos Mugica, the Argentine priest killed in 1974 by the Triple A paramilitary group and rebuked Catholic Church violence report saying it was "seeking to revive old confrontations".
"Contrary to what happened in other times, today we have a society that is not violently at odds," she said, during the event held in honour of the “slum priest” –as Mugica was known- who died in the hands of the right-wing death squad.
The president expressed that lives like Mugica’s “are to be celebrated with joy, for all the love he gave”. During the ceremony, a sculpture by artist Alejandro Marmo was unveiled.
The event, in the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires City, started at 3 p.m and was part of a series of tributes that will be paid to Mugica over the weekend, marking the 40th anniversary of his murder.
On May 11 1974, the priest was ambushed by members of the Triple A when he was about to get on his car. Mugica had just finished giving mass at the San Francisco Solano church located in the BA City neighbourhood of Villa Luro. He was 43 years old.
PROCESSION IN VILLA 31
Thousands of neighbors of Villa 31 shanty town in Buenos Aires City attended today a tribute to Father Mugica presided by the city’s Archbishop Mario Poli.
A massive procession took place in the shanty town in Retiro neighbourhood. Many political figures –like Mother of Plaza de Mayo Nora Cortiñas, Lower House Speaker Julián Domínguez and province Deputy Governor Gabriel Mariotto, among others- joined the event.
Poli said Mugica was “a trae martyr to the cause of the poors” and “an example of commitment to his people”, in a ceremony in the church where rest the remains of the murdered priest.
The archbishop praised the work of ‘slum priests’ and said that the community center and the seminar that work in Villa 31 are a consequence of Mugica’s martyrdom.