Vatican's Argentina archives ready to be shown to victims of dictatorship crimes

Vatican's Argentina archives ready to be shown to victims of dictatorship crimes

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Vatican’s Argentina archives ready to be shown to victims of dictatorship crimes

  • Pope Francis has been criticized for silence while a bishop in Argentina
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The Vatican and Argentina’s bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country’s dictatorship era, and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused the church of complicity with the military rulers.

A joint statement on Tuesday said the process of digitizing the archives had been completed and that procedures to access the information would be forthcoming. No date was set, and the opening for now is restricted to victims, detainees, their relatives and the religious superiors of victims who were priests or nuns.

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