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Vatican was informed of Argentine human-rights violations in 1970s

May 14, 2012

An Argentine newspaper has charged that the Vatican was informed about the plight of the desaparecidos, the thousands of people who “disappeared” under the military junta that came to power in 1976.

An article in Pagina 12 reports that the bishops of Argentina asked about the desaparecidos during an April 1978 meeting with General Jorge Videla, the head of the military government. The bishops were reportedly unsatisfied with Videla’s answers, and notified the Vatican that the government was engaged in gross violations of human rights.


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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - May. 15, 2012 1:17 AM ET USA

    "I am the good shephard. The good shephard lays down his life for the sheep." Christ's appointed his apostles the first bishops of the Church and commissioned them to guide and guard it when he said to Saint Peter "feed my sheep." Our Lord taught them "There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends." All the apostles but Saint John suffered martyrdom for their flock which is why the Church has always taught that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.