A pope shaped by a war

The path taken by Father Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy began in unlikely circumstances, amid the terror and secrecy of Argentina in the 1970s, writes Tom McGurk.

17th March, 2013
'Fr Bergoglio didn't have to look very far to be made aware of the risks involved.'

Remarkably, just a week before the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was installed as the 266th pope, a major trial opened in his native city, the long shadow of which has now fallen across his papal throne.

It is an investigation into the infamous Operation Condor in the 1970s, carried out by the military regimes in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador. Thousands were killed or imprisoned and, today,...

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