An image of Argentina Patroness, the Virgin of Lujan which was left behind by the Argentine soldiers at the end of the Falklands/Malvinas war, and was recently returned by the United Kingdom and blessed by Pope Francis in the Vatican, finally arrived in Buenos Aires early morning Monday, 37 years after the conflict was over.
In a conciliatory gesture 37 years after the Falklands War, military bishops from Great Britain and Argentina exchanged images of the Virgin Mary on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, blessed by Pope Francis.
An image of Argentina's saint patron, the Virgin of Lujan, which was carried to the Falklands during the 1982 conflict, and remained unaccounted for during years, will be returned by the United Kingdom. In retribution, the Argentine military bishop will hand a replica of the image to the head of British military chaplains in a ceremony to take place next month in the Vatican with Pope Francis blessing the images.
The governments of the Falkland Islands and Argentina have regretted and repudiated damaging actions at the Argentine cemetery in Darwin, while an investigation into the vandalizing has been launched by the Falklands Royal Police, RFIP.
The replica of an image at the Argentine Darwin cemetery and which was blessed by Pope Francis arrived this week to Argentina's Antarctica base Marambio, the last leg of its passage to Tierra del Fuego and austral islands, where it will enshrined on 2 April, on a new anniversary of the Malvinas war, according to the country's official news agency Telam.
The investigation into the vandalized hermitage at the Argentine Cemetery in the Falklands has seen the local police investigation extend to the UK and Argentina. Forensic material has been sent to Britain and Falklands’ police have requested the Malvinas Families Commission to help identify the origin of a Spanish Bible with a message signed by a “Viviana” found inside the attacked shrine.
The Argentine foreign ministry confirmed in a release that it had delivered an official protest to the United Kingdom repudiating “the profanation of the monument” in Darwin, Falkland Islands, to the memory of the Argentine combatants killed during the 1982 Malvinas war.