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Vatican defends pope against Dirty War accusations

VATICAN CITY — For the first time since the election of Pope Francis two days ago, the Vatican formally defended him on Friday from accusations that, decades ago in the so-called “dirty war” in his home country of Argentina, he knew about serious human rights abuses but failed to do enough to halt them.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said there had ‘‘never been a credible accusation against him’’ relating to the period in the 1970s when he was superior of the Jesuit order in Argentina.

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