The Vatican Denies Francis Did Not Speak Out Against Human Rights Abuses in Argentina

New pope led Argentine Jesuits under the military junta


The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina.

"There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, adding he had never been charged.

The spokesman blamed the accusations on "anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the Church".