Malvinas Families wish to have a chapel at Darwin cemetery and requested the Pope's mediation
The Malvinas war next of kin are trying to have a chapel or a sanctuary built at the Darwin cemetery, in the Falkland Islands where the remains of 237 Argentine combatants are buried. The idea is to convert this space in dispute in a peregrination place, according to a report from the Argentine official news agency Telam.
The intention of the Malvinas Families commission comes alight just a few days ahead of another anniversary of the start of the war, when Argentine military invaded the Falklands (2 April 1982), and was transmitted this week to Pope Francis on the sides of the meeting he held with Malvinas veterans and relatives during an open audience in Saint Peter's square.
According to Telam, the relatives asked the Pope's mediation for the construction of the temple because the Apostolic Prefecture of the Falklands is an isolated territorial jurisdiction, since it does not depend from the UK or from Argentina, but rather directly from the Holy See.
The Prefecture was started on 10 January 1952, when the Punta Arenas dioceses in the extreme south of Chile was split, and covers the Falklands.
According to what the Families commission reported to Telam, the chapel, which would be dedicated to Mary of the Peace, has the purpose of converting that place of dispute into a place of peregrination for all the Catholic universal leadership.
Telam says the relatives reported that the Argentine Pope, Jorge Bergoglio was receptive to the request and entrusted those responsible in the Vatican to start the pertinent contacts
The acceptance of the initiative brought great spiritual relief to the relatives that in this way are ensured the non profanation of such sacred space, given the insistent internal and external threats that have been taking place to try and erase all vestige of the Argentine presence in the Islands still usurped by the British, reads a communiqué.
This is because 'frequently the cemetery and in particular the monument to the fallen inaugurated in 2009, suffers attacks such as when the strengthened glass window that protects the image of the Virgin of Lujan which presides next to a great white cross over the memorial, was vandalized.
The Malvinas families commission headed by Delmira de Cao is whom the law entrusted the maintenance and protection of the cemetery, declared a historic place by Argentina and protected under International Humanitarian Law.
Finally the Telam report distributed to Argentine media, states that the cemetery everyday tasks rest on Sebastian Soccodo, one of the few Argentines living in the Falklands who is in charge of looking after the tomb crosses and the huge marble plates where the names of the 649 Argentines killed during the 1982 war are engraved.