A Dictator. An Uprising. A Priest Who Saved Lives.
In 1976 when Fr. Jorge Bergoglio was just 39 years old and serving as provincial superior of the Jesuits of Argentina, the military overthrew the government in a coup. The dictatorship went to work against subversives and communist adversaries through abductions, tortures, and even murders resulting in the disappearance of about 30,000 people.
Scavo uncovers how Bergoglio built an elaborate network consisting of clandestine passageways, secret hideouts, and covert automobile rides, all in attempt to save what has been estimated at more than 100 people.
Bergoglio’s List is a collection of personal stories of the now-Pope of those who knew him during the days of the dictatorship, including:
• three students hidden for weeks by Fr. Bergoglio • how he saved a prominent, dissident politician under the cover of darkness • his bold march into an Argentine prison • and much more
For the first time in English, experience not only the untold story of Bergoglio’s courage and heroism, but gain an insider’s view of the place where he was born and grew into the man we now know as Pope Francis.
About the Author
Nello Scavo (born in Catania, Sicily, 1972), is journalist with Avvenire, and an international reporter and legal journalist. He has investigated organized crime and global terrorism. He has written reports from some of the hottest parts of the world: former Yugoslavia, Southeast Asia, the countries of the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and the Horn of Africa. He has written two other books in Italian.
Item No: SB6267 (Grouped)
Pages: 200 pgs
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Saint Benedict Press
Publication Date: 2014
Binding: Paperbound and eBook
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5"
He's a great man and the more we learn about him the ... Review by mary e reavis
He's a great man and the more we learn about him the more we respect him and understand why he was sent to us at this time. (Posted on 1/16/2015)
Enlightening read about Pope Francis! Review by Mary Dee
I enjoyed reading about the person of our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. This book reveals how he was willing to risk everything to help others to escape the tyranny they lived with in Argentina. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about our pope. (Posted on 11/27/2014)
A hard read (not difficult, just emotionally hard) but one you should not put down Review by Stuart Dunn
From the period of 1976 to 1983, Argentina was a place undergoing political turmoil. It was known as "The Dirty War." Peron had just been deposed and the military took control of the government. It was a horrendous time and place to live, and that is putting it mildly. People were abducted, tortured, and murdered. Pregnant women gave birth to babies that were ripped from their arms. The babies were given to military families, and the mothers were killed. At least 30,000 people were murdered, and the world turned a blind eye to Argentina by and large. To make matters worse, people within Argentina (including some clergy of the Church) did the same or worse, assisted in the murder of these people. Not all in the Church were guilty. Some brave priests, bishops, religious, and laity did their part, either in secret or the open, to save as many people as they could. Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) was one of those priests who did what was right by defying the military government and helping people escape. The book Bergoglio's List highlights the stories of some of those who lived because of him.The first three chapters of the book provide a mini-history of life during the Dirty War. In addition to detailing some of the general atrocities I listed above, we also learn about a few specific ones as well. For example, Alfredo Astiz lived among the Argentine people and pretended to be their friend. He was known as El Rubito or "the blonde guy." He was actually working for the military government and was giving the government information on who needed to be targeted and killed. The next ten chapters focuses on the stories of specific people that Bergoglio helped save. They were priests, scholars, unionists, Marxists, married couples, etc. The background or affiliation did not matter to Bergoglio. These were human lives, and everyone of them was precious.I found myself struggling to read this book, particularly the early parts. After almost every chapter, I had to set the book down and step away from it, because it was a harsh reality to accept that things like this occurred not so long ago, and unbeknownst to me, probably still do. The firsthand accounts of people who were saved were tough as well. You knew they were going to escape, but you still feared for them as you read their stories. This is a book that you not only should read, but have to read. It shows us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things and that one person can make a difference. It also shows us firsthand the kind of man and leader our pope is. (Posted on 11/10/2014)
Five Stars Review by Eileen Rupel "Eileen Mary"
Heartwrenching, courageous. Not for the faint of heart. Definitely worth reading! (Posted on 11/9/2014)
Pope Francis, Argentina, living the Gospel, in politics, war and death. Review by Anne Gomes "anne-g"
Pope Francis acted heroically in saving and interceding for many of those threatened by the military junta in Argentina. He protected at least hundreds, maybe more, people who would have surely been killed by working through his own personal contacts, who did not know of the existence of each other. Fr Bergoglio warned others and saved some already imprisoned by confronting the military authorities. Scavo says each contact he made lead to dozens or more of other contacts who were warned, protected or saved.This book gives an excellent outline of the basics of the Guerra Sucia in Argentina. More important, it gives insights into then Fr. Jorge Bergoglio. Fr Bergoglio, then Provincial of the Argentine Jesuits lived through a very dangerous time in history that is hard for many Catholics in the US, especially, and many other places to relate to.Nello Scavo approaches the story of Fr Bergoglio during that time in the way he would a news story. Reminds me a little of the way Sharyl Atkisson approaches investigation. Scavo faced some of the same difficulties as a good reporter investigating a current story with some others added in. The events took place from 1976 to 1983, many of those involved have died in the ensuing 30 years, but, many more of the stories were simply obliterated.The Argentine military were not the Nazi army of WWII. They kept very few records about detentions, interrogations and deaths.Those involved are still reticent to speak about the events, many saying they do not want to take advantage of connections to Pope Francis. Some of the best sources for Scavo are those now living abroad who spoke freely.Besides the historical events, the other element of the story of the young Jesuit Provincial that impressed me was Fr Bergoglio's deliberate and considered intention to reach out to and serve even those who disagreed with him about the Church and about God. According to this account he lived the Gospel of loving the Lord with his heart, mind and soul and his neighbors, all of them, as himself. I see a lot of contemporary statements and actions of Pope Francis reflected in the accounts in this era.In the US I have never been called to extend myself to such an extent as a Catholic. I hope we will not be. But, there are plenty of places and plenty of people I can learn to treat with more charity by living the Gospel based on Fr Bergoglio's and Pope Francis' example.Well worth the read for those interested in Argentina, Pope Francis, the Catholic Church and in politics. I especially recommend it if you do not like Pope Francis. (Posted on 11/2/2014)