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Pope sends a greeting message to “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” on their 41st anniversary

Thursday, May 3rd 2018 - 08:22 UTC
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The Pope’s greeting was addressed to Ana María Careaga, daughter of one of the  founders of the association, Esther Ballestrino de Careaga The Pope’s greeting was addressed to Ana María Careaga, daughter of one of the founders of the association, Esther Ballestrino de Careaga
Esther, a biochemist, was in charge fo the laboratory where Pope Francis worked as a young man. Esther, a biochemist, was in charge fo the laboratory where Pope Francis worked as a young man.

Pope Francis sent an audio message for the 41st anniversary of the “Madres de Plaza de Mayo” (Mothers of Plaza de Mayo), who protested against the disappearance of their children during the Dirty War (1976-1983) of Argentina’s military dictatorship.

The Pope’s greeting was addressed to Ana María Careaga, daughter of one of the founders of the association, Esther Ballestrino de Careaga, a Paraguayan who after being kidnapped in Argentina in 1977 by the police disappeared forever. Esther, a biochemist, was in charge fo the laboratory where Pope Francis worked as a young man.

The association “Madres de Plaza de Mayo” is named after the iconic square of Buenos Aires, Plaza de Mayo, where mothers of disappeared children marched to on April 30, 1977, in public defiance of the government’s agenda to silence all opposition.

The message of the Holy Father was broadcast in the evening on Monday, May 1, during the program, “Ahora y Siempre” (Now and Forever) that Ana Maria Careaga conducts on Radio Caput in Buenos Aires.

Below is a translation of the Pope’s audio message:

Dear Ana Maria, these days when one remembers the 30th of April of 1977, the anniversary of the foundation of the “Mothers” [of Plaza de Mayo], when the mothers organized themselves, I very much remember your mother. She worked hard, she was a fighter and together with her many women who fought for justice, both because they had lost their children or simply because mothers who, seeing the drama of so many missing children, came together to fight for this as well.

I am sure that, in addition to their universal recognition, God has them in His heart. They are fighters, they fought for justice and they have taught us the way forward.

I am glad that you are following your mother's footsteps and making them known to others on your radio program. Hence today, in a special way, I pray for the Mothers, I pray for you, I pray for your mother Esther and I pray for all the men and women of good will who together want to carry forward a plan of justice and brotherhood.

Categories: Argentina, International.

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  • Enrique Massot

    For years, the Church's hierarchy showed an ambivalent face toward the abuses against human rights in Argentina.

    It is now comforting that an Argentine representative at the top level of the Catholic Church addresses this group of women who risked their lives to defy a criminal power at the worst of their offensive against anything that resembled opposition.

    Nunca más.

    May 04th, 2018 - 02:16 am +1
  • Brit Bob

    Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, said in 2012 when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires that Britain had “usurped” the disputed islands from Argentina. In 2011, he said the islands were “ours,” a view most Argentinians share.

    He also trusted that felt “used” by some of his countrymen, who have visited him on numerous occasions in the Vatican since he was elected Pope in March 2013. Among them were numerous politicians, including the current President, Mauricio Macri, and its predecessor, Cristina Kirchner. (Cadena 3 22.1.17).

    May 03rd, 2018 - 10:56 am 0
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