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Vatican to declassify dictatorship-era documents

The Vatican is putting its files in order, expected to declassify the documents related to Argentina’s 1976-1983 civic-military dictatorship, the Argentine Episcopal Conference Secretary Carlos Malfa said following a meeting with Pope Francis in the Holy See. The news come after Washington announced it will be releasing military and intelligence documents to help the ongoing investigations into crimes against humanity committed during the bloody regime, ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country.

“Putting the files in order takes time because it involves the reading and classification of the documents. Some of them were in order and others need more attention,” Malfa said today.

“In general, these are letters that were received requesting to know the whereabouts of the detained and the disappeared or some similar process. There are also newspapers clips of that time,” he explained.

“We cannot give a date but it’s being worked on,” Malfa affirmed ahead of the 40th anniversary of the coup that began on March 24, 1976, a brutal dictatorship that persecuted, tortured and disappeared 30,000 people here.

Meanwhile, Vatican sources confirmed Pope Francis will be meeting relatives of the disappeared by the military junta on Wednesday 23 during the weekly general audience he leads St. Peter's Square.

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