Published April 18, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Pope Francis is being harshly criticized in an Argentine courtroom.
Graciela Yorio accused Jorge Mario Bergoglio of turning his back on her brother, the late Jesuit priest Orlando Virgilio Yorio, before and after he was kidnapped by the military dictatorship in 1976.
Bergoglio has said he did what he could as a young Jesuit leader to protect Yorio and other slum priests from being kidnapped by the right-wing junta. He also testified in 2010 that he worked behind the scenes to win their freedom.
But Graciela Yorio testified Thursday that her "brother was practically abandoned" by Bergoglio and the Church.
She's one of more than 800 witnesses in the trial of 67 defendants accused of human rights violations against 789 people inside the feared Navy Mechanics School.