The trauma of General Peron's death made the anniversary on Friday (26 July) of his second wife, Eva's death an emotional occasion in Argentina.
The trauma of General Peron's death made the anniversary on Friday (26 July) of his second wife, Eva's death an emotional occasion in Argentina. The President, Maria Estela Peron, attended the mass at the Buenos Aires Cathedral in honour of Eva, her late husband's former wife.
Eva, affectionately known as "Evita" to millions of Argentines, died twenty-two years ago of cancar, while her husband, General Juan Peron was in this second term as President. She was idolised by millions of Argentines, particularly the women of the Peronist movement and the poor many of whom regarded her virtually as a saint.
The embalmed remains of Eva are in Spain where General Peron spent most of his eighteen years of exile before returning for a third term as President of Argentina last year. Senora Maria Estela Peron, who succeeded him in her capacity as Vice-President, has said that the remains of Eva will be returned to Argentina before the end of the year. Eva's body was smuggled out of Argentina by the military in 1956 after the coup which ended General Peron's Presidency.
Cardinal Antonio Caggiano, Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the Primate of Argentina celebrated the memorial mass on Friday. Outside the Cathedral a large crowd gathered, many of them weeping and chanting the theme song of the Peronist movement. "Peron, Peron, who great you are."