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Pope meets priest tortured by Argentine junta

Pope Francis on Saturday met with Father Franz Jalics, a priest whose kidnap and torture by Argentina's brutal military dictatorship led to accusations that the future pope failed to help. The Vatican has firmly denied these claims and there have since been many reports of the "quiet diplomacy" used by the then head of the Jesuit order in Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. There was no official word on the content of the talks between Francis and Jalics, who was born in Hungary and now lives in a German monastery.

Pope names his successor as archbishop of Buenos Aires

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Mario Auerlio Poli, 65, of the Argentine diocese of Santa Rosa to succeed him as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Vatican said on Thursday. Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, was archbishop of the Argentine capital until his election as pope on March 13. (Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Priest says saved by pope during Argentina 'Dirty War'

A Spanish priest said Friday that Pope Francis saved his life and that another priest threatened by a right wing death squad in Argentina during the mid 1970s. Father Jose Caravias, currently based in Paraguay, said the pope -- then known as Jorge Bergoglio -- warned him and a fellow priest that a rightwing militia called Triple A intended to kill them. "I had been expelled from Paraguay in 1972. I knew the ferocity of the dictatorship" and left the country, he told AFP. At the time of the threat, he was working with other priests in the slums of Buenos Aires.

Future pope condemned 'careerism' in Catholic Church

Pope Francis, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio, condemned "careerism" in the Roman Catholic Church in a book of interviews, according to extracts published on Thursday from an Italian translation due out this month. "When the pope was a terrestrial and spiritual king, the intrigues of the court got mixed up with everything else. But are they not still getting mixed up?" he was quoted as saying in 2010 in the extracts published by Italian newsweekly Panorama.

Joy in Buenos Aires as Argentine pope inaugurated

After waiting all night, a vast crowd in Buenos Aires erupted in joyful cries of "Long Live the Pope!" as the new Argentine pontiff on Tuesday received the symbols of papal power. The well-wishers got an unexpected treat when Pope Francis delivered a special message in Spanish to his countrymen in Buenos Aires. Before his inauguration mass at the Vatican, he asked Argentines to keep him in their thought and prayers.

New pope suffers for Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is not above the passion his countrymen share for soccer and is an avid a fan of San Lorenzo, one of Argentina's top clubs. Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis when he was elected to the post on Wednesday, received his San Lorenzo membership card after saying mass at a sports complex near the team's stadium.

In Argentina, elated faithful celebrate local pope

Elated and proud Argentines massed at the Buenos Aires cathedral Wednesday to celebrate the election of the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. When the news broke from the Vatican, the roughly 200 worshippers who were attending mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral, which overlooks the historic Plaza de Mayo, gave the new pontiff a rousing standing ovation. The crowd grew and media crews quickly rushed to the area outside the cathedral where Francis used to give mass as archbishop of Buenos Aires and primate of Argentina.

Pope Francis is humble son of Argentine workman

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Wednesday to lead the world's Roman Catholics, is a humble rail worker's son who became a Jesuit priest and who is seen as true to his working-class roots. At 76, Bergoglio -- the first pope from Latin America -- still enjoys a reputation as an ascetic despite his archbishop's robes. He rides clattering city buses, makes his own meals and is famously accessible. He lives in a small apartment rather than the archbishop's palace that ciomes with his old job.

Huge ovation for new pope in Buenos Aires

Catholic worshippers erupted in applause Wednesday at the Buenos Aires cathedral upon learning that the former Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina had been elected Pope Francis I. About 200 somewhat surprised worshippers gave the new pontiff a standing ovation after the announcement, as crowds and media descended on the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is overlooks the historic Plaza de Mayo. Crowds of people and mobile television crews rushed to the area outside the cathedral where the new pontiff used to give mass as archbishop of Buenos Aires and primate of Argentina.
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