The chilling accounts of survivors who credit Bergoglio with saving their lives are hard to deny. They say he conspired right under the soldiers' noses and provided refuge and safe passage to many.
Suu Kyi's role in a reforming Myanmar will be no less essential after sweeping the board in Sunday's historic by-elections. The NLD won all 44 seats it contested in a parliament still dominated by the military and the rival party it created.
The fact that President Thein Sein's administration sat down to listen to protesters lately is a testament to the dramatic reforms now under way.