Daniel Feierstein is a genocide scholar at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a visiting fellow at the International State Crime Initiative.
In another March 15, 2013, RNS article, the Vatican defended Francis’ actions during Argentina’s 1970s military dictatorship.
National Catholic Reporter Senior Correspondent John Allen Jr., who also serves as CNN’s Vatican expert, called the pope’s choice of names “precedent-shattering” and discussed what it might symbolize.
The new pope reportedly cooks for himself (at least, until now), but he’s no foodie, according to NPR.
The Washington Post notes that although Francis is the first pope from Latin America, he is not the first non-European pontiff.
Read a March 14, 2013, Associated Press article in which Francis’ biographer labels as unfair the Dirty War allegations stirred up in the wake of the conclave.
Read a March 14, 2013, Religion News Service story about Francis and the shadow cast by the Dirty War.
Read a March 15, 2013, Associated Press story about the Vatican denouncing critics of Francis’ record during the Dirty War.
Read a March 15, 2013, Catholic News Agency article in which Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel says Francis had no ties to the Argentine dictatorship of 1976-83.