Bergoglio's List: How a Young Francis Defied a Dictatorship and Saved Dozens of Lives

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by Nello Scavo

n 1976 when Fr. Jorge Bergoglio was just 39 years old and serving as provincial superior of the Jesuits of Argentina, the military overthrew the government in a coup. The dictatorship went to work against subversives and communist adversaries through abductions, tortures, and even murders, resulting in the disappearance of about 30,000 people. 
 
Much has been made about the mysteries of Bergoglio’s actions during this time of upheaval.  Did he fail to act against human rights violations out of fear or weakness?  Was he guilty of delivering opponents into the hands of the regime?  Or, did his courage and compassion prompt him to save lives? 
 
These are the questions that Italian legal journalist, Nello Scavo, set out to Argentina to answer.  He had no idea of the remarkable truth his investigation would reveal.  

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