This is the first non European pope for centuries. But apparently he has some form on the "Malvinas". On the day the Falkland Islanders voted overwhelmingly to stay British.
"In 2011, the day before the anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, the Cardinal was at a hospital washing the feet of patients when he was asked about the conflict.
He urged people “not to forget those who had fallen during the war” as they had “shed their blood on Argentine soil”.
Echoing president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, he told reporters: “The Malvinas are ours. Respect for those who gave their lives must not be lost. This is our land. The Falklands are Argentine.”
Exactly a year later he told former Argentine soldiers and their families at a ceremony: “We come here to pray for those who have fallen — sons of the motherland who went out to demand what is the motherland’s and what was usurped.” He has since said both sides should talk “to deal with misunderstandings on all sides”."
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