The Seattle Times


Friday, March 15, 2013

Francis turns on charm in first meeting with press

This undated picture, shows Francisco Jalics in Germany. The Jesuit priest, kidnapped in 1976 by Argentina's military junta when the new pope was the leader of that country's Jesuits, says he has reconciled with him. Pope Francis was criticized at the time for the kidnapping of two priests Francisco Jalics and Orlando Yorio, who were working in the slums. Yorio accused the new pope, then called the Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of effectively delivering them to the country's death squads by declining to publicly endorse their work. Yorio is dead but Jalics said in a statement Friday March 15, 2013, that he met Bergoglio years later and talked about the matter before celebrating Mass together with a hug. Jalics says he is reconciled with the events and considers the matter closed. He now lives in a monastery in Germany.