When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope by the Conclave on March 13, 2013 , many in Argentina wondered why. How was it possible that a religious, for some collaborators of the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla between 1976 and 1983, could represent the whole Church
Many organizations in defense of human rights accuse him of having denounced three priests of the Society of Jesus when he was Provincial father of the congregation. They behaved “too Marxist” for the regime. Horacio Verbitsky , Argentine writer and intellectual (here the portrait of Formiche.net ) dealt with the topic. Francesco has always denied the accusations. THE OPENING OF THE ARCHIVE
As a first step to distance himself from what happened, during the spring of 2015 Bergoglio promised the families of the victims that he would open the secret Vatican archives concerning the Argentine dictatorship. Hundreds of documents and evidence reporting the abuses and violence committed by the military against the civilian population will be declassified by the Vatican. The goal is to shed light on the truth and give an answer to the families of the “disappeared” and children stolen during the dictatorship. THE VERSION OF FRANCIS
Now, however, comes a film that tells another version. According to director Daniele Lucchetti, “Call me Francesco” tries to “follow the footsteps of a man admired and loved to understand what he was like before and why he has become as he is today”. A story that seems to be the version of Francesco , where the commitment to defend the most underdog does not go to the right or to the left, but in first place.
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v = 3YfRqql_cfk [/ youtube] THE POP FILM (OLAR)
“Call me Francesco” is the first film about the Pope, still alive, and will be in cinemas from 3 December. It was presented yesterday in the Nervi hall of the Vatican in front of an audience of 7 thousand people. Few checks at the entrance, but no fear. THE FIRST IN THE VATICAN
At the invitation of the Holy Father, the guests of honor, seated in the front rows, were the homeless, poor families and community workers who support them. The musical note was paid by the band of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, which usually plays at Christmas and during the oath. Packed dinners were distributed at the end of the screening. THE HUMAN SIDE OF BERGOGLIO
“Call me Francis” shows the human side of Bergoglio before becoming Pope: the first approaches with a woman he loved as a friend, the missing half-lung, crying in front of the death of a friend, passion for football and tango.
From the days spent among test tubes in the laboratory where he worked as a chemist to the desire to leave for Japan to be a missionary. “You want to do good before you understand it, Bergoglio. He wants to be admired. He prays badly ”, one of the superiors told him when he rejected the admission. So he stayed in Argentina, where he began his career as an auxiliary bishop. THE OPENINGS OF FRANCIS
The openings that characterize the pontificate of Francis date back to the early years of the dictatorship, according to the film. Bergogliobaptizes a judge’s child even if she is not married, defends the Theory of Liberation as “another version of theology” and follows the orders of her conscience before those of her superiors. During a scene on the outskirts of Cordoba, Bergoglio marries a couple. The young woman, dressed in white, caresses a small belly with her hand.
One of the main themes of “Call me Francis” is the story of the three priests of the Society of Jesus persecuted by the Videla regime . In Lucchetti’s film, Bergoglio not only hid them, but also helped other people – without wanting to know whether or not they were part of an armed organization. Francishe held out his hand to those in need, despite the risk of being discovered. After the dark years of the dictatorship, he continues his good work. The popularity of Francis seems to arise from simplicity, from “smiling to scare the devil”; a strategy that made love win over hate. And which still helps him not to be afraid.

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