Vatican Deflects Dirty War Charges

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 14:  (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL OR MERCHANDISING USAGE - BOOKS OUT, BROADCAST OUT, All image rights and copyrights reserved to the photographic Service of L'Osservatore Romano). IMAGE IS NOT LICENSED FOR USAGE BEYOND 60 DAYS OF CREATE DATE Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. A day after thousands gathered in St Peter's Square to watch the announcement of the first ever Latin American Pontiff it has been announced that Pope Francis' inauguration mass will be held on March 19, 2013 in Vatican City.  (Photo by Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

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    When Jorge Bergoglio emerged in all his white-smoke glory to don the papal robes and assume the title of Pope Francis, one of the biggest criticisms against his selection was that he failed to speak out against human-rights violations made during the "dirty war" era in his native Argentina. Hogwash, the Vatican says. “There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. Adding that Bergoglio had never been charged with anything, Lombardi called the allegations against him “anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the church.”

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