A Papal Conclave has selected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the first pontiff from Latin America and not to hail from Europe in more than 1,000 years. News reports indicate that in 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a criminal complaint against Bergoglio that accused him of conspiring with the military government in 1976 to kidnap two Jesuit priests. Bergoglio was a superior at the Society of Jesus of Argentina in 1976. Bergoglio’s spokesman denied the allegations. Bergoglio has also staunchly opposed abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraception. In 2010 he said gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
Below are past reports Democracy Now! has done about the Dirty Wars in Argentina, the Catholic Church, and the lead up to the most recent selection of a new pope.