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The society, culture, and politics of Argentina are deeply imbued with Roman Catholicism. The Church’s place in Argentine national identity, which spans across the...

Angelellienrique

Enrique Angelelli

Enrique Angelelli was a Roman Catholic bishop in Argentina who was assassinated during the Dirty War (1976-83). He was born in 1923 and began his pastoral work in 1949, laboring to improve the conditions of the poor. In 1960, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Córdoba and involved himself in labor union conflicts, leading to his being removed from the post in 1964. He then took part in the Second Vatican Council. He was appointed bishop of La Rioja in 1968, where he spoke out adamantly for workers' rights. In a conflict with conservative groups in 1973, a papal representative endorsed Angelelli's position, bringing him into greater conflict with the government. Soon after the onset of conservative military rule in 1976, Angelelli was murdered by government agents, though the government claimed it was a traffic accident. Angelelli's death became a rallying cry for the downfall of military rule, and he is remembered by Argentines today as a martyr.