Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope tells Argentine grandmothers to 'count on him'

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Vatican City, April 24 - Pope Francis vowed on
Wednesday to the Argentine grandmothers of children kidnapped
during the country's Dirty War that he could be "counted on"
when they asked for his help to get to the bottom of the
disappearances.
At a press conference following the meeting after
Wednesday's general audience on St Peter's Square with the
former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Estela Carlotto, president of
the association 'Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo', said that the
two paused at length while holding hands.
"We held hands for a long time and the pope recognized me,
recalling our previous meeting when he was a cardinal," Carlotto
said.
Francis, who stopped and spoke for two minutes to Carlotto,
ended the conversation by kissing her on the head while the
elderly lady handed him a white envelope.
"Criticism of the Argentine church, which was partially
complicit with the Videla regime responsible for thousands of
victims, cannot be cancelled with a hug," Carlotto said.
However, the criticism was "constructive and not
absolute," she said.
While the activist grandmother said that a previous
meeting with the pope when he was a cardinal in Buenos Aires did
not go the way her association had hoped, Wednesday's "informal
meeting that went beyond the usual protocol" was more
"satisfying".
"We have a lot of hope because he gave us his word, the
word of the pope," she said.
At the end of their encounter in the crowded square, Pope
Francis said to Carlotta, "count on me, I'm available".
"This is what we want, that our grandchildren know who
their mothers and fathers are. The church, with its registry,
can help," Carlotto said.

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