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In Debate Over Conquistadors 500 Years Ago, Spanish Right Sees an Opportunity

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Spanish politicians sparred with Pope Francis over their country's role in conquering the Americas, signaling a nationalist tilt in the conservative establishment.
MADRID — In a letter to Mexican bishops last month, Pope Francis called for a revisiting of the country's history, especially the role of the Roman Catholic Church, and urged clergy members to "recognize the painful errors committed in the past."

Yet it wasn't in Mexico where his remarks drew controversy, but in Spain, where…
Nicholas Casey
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