Ángel Sixto Rossi

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Ángel Sixto Rossi

Cardinal, Archbishop of Córdoba
Rossi in 2021
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed6 November 2021
Installed17 December 2021
PredecessorCarlos José Ñáñez
Other post(s)Cardinal Priest of Santa Bernadette Soubirous (2023-)
Ordination12 December 1986
Consecration17 December 2021
by Carlos José Ñáñez
Created cardinal30 September 2023
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Ángel Sixto Rossi

(1958-08-11) 11 August 1958 (age 65)
ParentsÁngel Sixto Rossi
Delicia Ruiz Caraffa
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
MottoEn todo amar y servir
("In All Things to Love and Serve)
Coat of armsÁngel Sixto Rossi's coat of arms

Ángel Sixto Rossi SJ (born 11 August 1958) is an Argentine prelate of the Catholic Church who has been archbishop of Córdoba since 2021. He has been a Jesuit since 1976.

Pope Francis made him a cardinal on 30 September 2023.


Ángel Sixto Rossi was born on 11 August 1958 in Córdoba, Argentina, the third child of Ángel Sixto Rossi and Delicia Ruiz Caraffa.[1] In 1976 he entered the novitiate of the Argentine Province of the Society of Jesus. After studying philosophy and theology in Argentina and Ecuador he was ordained a priest on 12 December 1986. He earned a degree in spiritual theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome with a thesis on spiritual discernment in Saint Ignatius.[2] He took his solemn vows as a Jesuit on 9 May 1994.[3]

From 1990 to 1992 he was rector of the Church of El Salvador in Buenos Aires; he opened the Hogar San José for people who live on the street. In 1992 he created the Manos Abiertas Foundation, which provides help to the poorest and vulnerable in ten cities in Argentina. From 1992 to 1995 he was novice master of the Society of Jesus and from 2013 to 2019 he was superior of the Jesuit community residence in Córdoba.[2]

He has offered numerous Ignatian spiritual exercises to groups of priests, religious and lay people. Before becoming a bishop, he was councilor of the Argentine-Uruguayan Province of the Society of Jesus, based in Córdoba, and as coordinator of the itinerant missionary team and spiritual assistant of the Manos Abiertas Foundation.[2]

Coat of arms as archbishop before becoming cardinal

Pope Francis named him archbishop of Córdoba on 6 November 2021.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on 17 December 2021 from his predecessor in Córdoba, Archbishop Carlos José Ñáñez.[4] The coat of arms he adopted was far simpler than that of other prelates in that it did not employ the insignia that indicate his rank as a metropolitan archbishop and centered a shepherd's crook behind the shield in place of a cross.[5]

On 9 July 2023, Pope Francis announced he plans to make him a cardinal at a consistory scheduled for 30 September.[6] At that consistory he was made cardinal priest of Santa Bernadette Soubirous.[7]

As cardinal he has incorporated the standard insignia of his rank as a cardinal and metropolitan archbishop into his new coat of arms, displaying it on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Cordoba when it announced he was taking possession of his titular church on 29 October 2023.

He is the author and co-author of numerous works on spirituality and education for both youth and adults.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Padre Ángel Rossi". Encuentro Anual ACDE (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Annuncio di Concistoro il 30 settembre per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali, 09.07.2023" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 July 2023. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Resignations and Appointments, 06.11.2021" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 6 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Monseñor Ángel Rossi es el nuevo arzobispo de Córdoba". Conclusión (in Spanish). 18 December 2021. Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Ordenación Episcopal y Toma de Posesión de Nuestro Nuevo Arzobispo". Parroquia Corazón Eucarístico de Jesús (in Spanish). 25 December 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2023. En las imágenes que siguen podrá apreciar el escudo episcopal de nuestro nuevo arzobispo...
  6. ^ "Le parole del Papa alla recita dell'Angelus, 09.07.2023" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 July 2023. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Assignation of Titles and Deaconries to the new Cardinals, 30.09.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 30 September 2023. Retrieved 1 October 2023.

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