On November 15, 2020, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in memory of the 44 sailors, who died on board the submarine ARA San Juan, in Argentina, three years after its disappearance.
The Holy Father mentioned the Mass in a letter that the Argentine Minister of Defense requested from the Pope, and which the Minister read in a ceremony commemorating the tragedy, reported the Argentine newspaper “La Capital Mar del Plata.”
Next Sunday, September 15, will be the third year of the sinking of the ARA San Juan. I don’t want this date to go by without expressing to the relatives of the 44 sub-mariners and the Argentine people, who suffered so much because of this event, the assurance of my closeness and prayer.”
“This day I will celebrate Mass for the eternal repose of the disappeared sailors. I pray for you; please, do not fail to do so for me. May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin take care of you,” concluded the Pontiff in his missive.