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Pope Francis's Environmental Encyclical in Latin America: Mutual Influences

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was nominated Pope Francis, opinions in Latin America were sharply divided. Some accused him of cowardice in the face of the brutal Argentine military dictatorship that ruled his country from 1976 to 1982 and that the Catholic Church backed while he was head of the Jesuit order. Others were more lenient, knowing that the violent regime begged discretion and circumspection.

Myanna Lahsen is a cultural anthropologist and senior associate researcher in the Earth System Science Center of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

José Maurício Domingues holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and teaches at the Institute for Social and Political Studies of Rio de Janeiro State University (IESP-UERJ).       

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