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‘Saved by Bergoglio’: new book claims future Pope organized network to protect Argentine dissidents

September 12, 2013

During the years of the Argentine military dictatorship, the future Pope Francis, then a Jesuit provincial, “built a clandestine network to protect the persecuted … and organize escapes abroad,” the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire reported.

Avvenire interviewed Jesuit Father Juan Manuel Scannone, the author of the forthcoming book Bergoglio’s List: Those Saved by Pope Francis; Stories Never Told. Father Scannone, now 81, recounted how the future Pope offered him advice to avoid being kidnapped by police.

“According to the various testimonies gathered together in the volume, the future Pope made sure no one knew who was part of a clandestine network that sheltered or shuttled to safety dissidents, unionists, priests, students, intellectuals, Catholics and others,” Catholic News Service reported.


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