The new pope kept his silence as terror stalked Argentina in the 1960s. Is he really as humble as the Vatican says?, asks Hugh O’ShaughnessyI don’t remember hearing the name of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis in March, or any of his fellow Argentinian Jesuits when I was in Buenos Aires in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They seemed strangely silent in such harrowing times when the fundaments of decent civilisation were being set at nought throughout the western hemisphere at the multiplying demands of the cold war.They kept their peace, for instance, when their brother bishop Enrique Angelelli was murdered by the country’s uniformed terrorists at the orders of General Jorge Videla and Admiral Emilio Massera.I do remember the lines of armed police with their dogs in Calle Florida, the Knightsbridge of the Argentinian capital; I’ll never forget the ESMA, the naval mechanical school, the handsome white building on its wide avenue in the Barrio Norte, the smart part of town where uniformed torturers learned their repulsive technique of sending their opponents screaming to their death – sometimes from aircraft over the waters of the river Plate – as the regime’s servants made a few pesos plundering …read more

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