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Nobel Peace Prize winner defends Pope’s actions during ‘dirty war’

Catholic World News - March 22, 2013

An Argentine pacifist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 has come to the defense of Pope Francis’s actions between 1976 and 1983, when the military ruled the nation.

“The Pope had nothing to do with the dictatorship ... he was not an accomplice,” said Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

The future Pope, who served as Jesuit provincial from 1973 to 1979, “was not among the bishops who were in the front line of the defense of human rights because he preferred a silent diplomacy to ask about the missing, about the oppressed,” Perez Esquivel added.

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