Pope salutes Mothers of Plaza de Mayo on 41st anniversary
As a young man, the Pope was a personal friend of one of the three original Mothers of Plaza de Mayo who were kidnapped and disappeared by a Navy deathsquad in December 1977, Esther Ballestrino de Careaga.
Pope Francis expressed his admiration for the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo this week, with a voice message celebrating the Mothers’ 41st anniversary.
“Dear Ana, today we remember that April 30 in 77, the anniversary of the Mothers”, the message begins.
“I remember your mother, who worked so much, who was a fighter and who alongside so many women fought for justice or because they had lost their child”, he added.
The message was delivered to Ana María Careaga, the daughter of Esther Ballestrino de Careaga, one of the three original Mothers of Plaza de Mayo who were kidnapped and disappeared by a Navy deathsquad in December 1977.
In an interview with the Times in January, Careaga celebrated the Pope's leadership of the Church.
“He has a strong position about the redistribution of wealth which is in line with demands for human rights and access to more rights”, she said. “It also signifies a significant step away from the traditional discourse of the Vatican and its popes”.