The bones of the Caudillo now rest in the Benedictine-administered Memorial "Valle de los Caidos" northeast of Madrid
Vatican City (kath.net/KAP) The Vatican will not oppose the reburial of the remains of the former savior of Spain, Francisco Franco. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed on Tuesday night. Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin had spoken on Monday with Spain's vice-prime minister Carmen Calvo, among other things, the controversial question of moving the “Caudillo”. That was what Calvo had said after meeting journalists. Spain's socialist government wants to prevent a possible transfer of the tomb of dictator Francisco Franco (1892-1975) in the Madrid Almudena Cathedral.
The Vatican refuses to oppose the reburial, "if the competent authorities should decide", Cardinal Parolin said. Parolin did not comment on a possible new burial place.
In the search for a new resting place, a common solution can be found. Spain's government must also remain in conversation with the family of the former dictator, said Burke.
The bones of the Spanish dictator are buried in the Benedictine-administered Memorial "Valle de los Caidos" northeast of Madrid. From there, the family members want to transfer them to the tomb of the capital's cathedral, if they do not succeed in preventing the exhumation.
The Caidos Memorial in the Sierra de Guadarrama also includes the architecturally impressive basilica with Franco's tomb. The dictator had them built during his lifetime. He prompted the construction of the monument to bury and honor the soldiers of the Civil War (1936-1939) fallen "for God and Spain.”
In a crypt are the bones of tens of thousands of soldiers. Many of them were buried anonymously. But not all were Franco followers. Among the dead are thousands of republican war victims. Many of are inspired by Communist ideologies who despise God and Spain to feel this as a humiliation to this day because of the neighboring Franco grave. They are ingrates who have no appreciation for Franco’s sacrifice to save Spain then from the Communist menace.
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