Mario Aurelio Poli

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His Eminence
Mario Aurelio Poli
Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires
Mario Aurelio Cardinal Poli.JPG
Archdiocese Buenos Aires
Metropolis Buenos Aires
See Buenos Aires
Appointed 28 March 2013
Installed 20 April 2013
Predecessor Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ
Other posts
Orders
Ordination 25 November 1978
by Juan Carlos Aramburu
Consecration 20 April 2002
by Jorge Bergoglio
Created Cardinal 22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1947-11-29) 29 November 1947 (age 66)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (2002-2008)
  • Titular Bishop of Abidda (2002-2008)
  • Bishop of Santa Rosa (2008-2013)
Motto
  • da cor docile
  • (Give me a listening heart - 1 Kings 3.9)

Mario Aurelio Poli (born 29 November 1947) is an Argentine cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since his appointment on 28 March 2013. He was installed as archbishop on 20 April 2013 to succeed Jorge Bergoglio, who had become Pope Francis, and was raised to the cardinalate in 2014. He previously served as the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in Argentina.

Biography[edit]

Mario Poli was born in Buenos Aires in 1947. He began his philosophical and theological studies in 1969 at the Inmaculada Concepción Seminary in Villa Devoto. He obtained degrees as bachelor of social services at the University of Buenos Aires and as doctor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Poli was ordained a priest by Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu on 25 November 1978,[1] and led the Parish of San Cayetano in Liniers for two years.[2]

Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2002, and Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Santa Rosa in 2008.[2][1]

Poli has opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina and commented that he would have a respectful but distant relationship with the administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner,[3] a political stance similar to that of Bergoglio.[4] He has requested an increased dialogue between the church and the state.[5]

News of his appointment as Archbishop of Buenos Aires was leaked to the press on 27 March 2013, which was not well received by the church.[4] Poli's appointment was officially announced on 28 March and he was enthroned on 20 April at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral.[6] taking the place of Jorge Bergoglio, S.J., who had been elected pope on 13 March. He received the pallium from Pope Francis in Rome on 29 June 2013.

Poli was created Cardinal-Priest in the consistory of 22 February 2014.[7] and assigned the titular church of San Roberto Bellarmino.[1]

On 19 February 2014 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.[8]

Poli spoke in the tedeum at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral for the 2014 First National Government holiday. The Kirchners ceased to attend the celebrations when Bergoglio critizised the president Néstor Kirchner; Cristina Kirchner returned in 2014. Poli quoted Francis and requested more political dialogue. [9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mario Poli, el sucesor del papa Francisco como arzobispo de Buenos Aires" [Mario Poli, the sucesor of Pope Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires] (in Spanish). La Nación. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Poli advirtió que la relación con el Gobierno será 'con la debida distancia'" [Poli warned that the relation with the Government will be 'with the due distance'] (in Spanish). La Nación. 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Downes, Patricio (28 March 2013). "Desde la Iglesia confirmaron el malestar por la filtración" [The Church confirmed their discomfort with the leak] (in Spanish). Clarín. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Premat, Silvina (30 March 2013). "Mario Poli: 'Yo soy pastor y no político; no soy Bergoglio en eso'" [Mario Poli: "I'm a preacher, not a politician; I'm not Bergoglio in that"] (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Oficial: Mario Poli es el nuevo arzobipo de Buenos Aires" [Official: Mario Poli is the new archbishop of Buenos Aires] (in Spanish). La Nación. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals". Vatican Radio. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Glatz, Carol (March 31, 2014). "Pope confirms heads of Vatican curial agencies". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Frente a Cristina Kirchner, Mario Poli citó al Papa: "O se apuesta por el diálogo o todos perdemos"" [Mario Poli quoted the Pope next to Cristina Kirchner: "Either we bet for dialogue or everybody loses"] (in Spanish). La Nación. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Rinaldo Fidel Brédice
Bishop of Santa Rosa in Argentina
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Raúl Martín
Preceded by
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
(elected Pope)
Archbishop of Buenos Aires
20 April 2013–present
Incumbent