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Argentina’s Cardinal Bergoglio Elected Pope; Chooses ’Francis‘

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Pope Francis appears for the first time on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 13 March. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff. He is the first Jesuit and first Latin American pope. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring) 

Citing a case in which two young priests were detained by the military regime, critics say that the cardinal, who was Jesuit provincial at the time, did not do enough to support church workers against the military dictatorship.

Others, however, have said that he attempted to negotiate behind the scenes for the priests’ release, and a spokesman for the cardinal, quoted in the daily newspaper La Nacion, called the accusation “old slander.”





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