Argentinian soldiers stand guard outside Government House in Buenos Aires, after the military coup in 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Dickie Kelly, whose grandfather emigrated from Co Westmeath to Argentina in 1862, is showing me around the graveyard in Mercedes, a town about 80km fr(...)

A man pulls a cart with recyclables he has collected to exchange for money near the Virgin of the Miracles of Caacupe church in Buenos Aires  where Archbishop Jorge  Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, used to perform charity work. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

Is it ridiculously optimistic to imagine that the new pope might make a difference – not in spite of his murky past but because of it? A (...)