Carlos Alberto Sánchez

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Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Archbishop of Tucumán
Appointed23 August 2017
Installed13 October 2017
PredecessorAlfredo Horacio Zecca
Ordination24 June 1988
by Horacio Alberto Bózzoli
Consecration13 October 2017
by Luis Héctor Villalba,
Personal details
Born (1963-04-24) April 24, 1963 (age 60)
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
MottoEstoy entre ustedes como el que sirve
Coat of armsCarlos Alberto Sánchez's coat of arms

Carlos Alberto Sánchez (born 24 April 1963) is an Argentine prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Tucumán since 2017.


Carlos Alberto Sánchez was born on 24 April 1963 in San Miguel de Tucumán. He attended the Minor Seminary of Saint Joseph and then studied philosophy and theology at the Major Seminary of Our Lady of Mercy and Saint Joseph.[1]

He was ordained a priest on 24 June 1988 by Horacio Alberto Bózzoli, Archbishop of Tucumán. He held several parish assignments, was spiritual director and rector of the major seminary from 2007 to 2011, and episcopal vicar for pastoral care from 2012 to 2014. Beginning in 2011, he was a parish pastor, taught at the major seminary, and served on several diocesan committees. Pope Francis named him Archbishop of Tucumán on 23 August 2017.[2][3] He was consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Luis Hector Villalba and installed there on 13 October before a crowd of 15,000 in the local soccer team's stadium (el estadio de Atlético).[4] He chose as his episcopal motto "Estoy entre ustedes como el que sirve" (I am among you as one who serves) from Luke 22:27.[4]

In November 2017, he spoke of Juan Viroche, a priest whose murder in 2016 was accepted by his predecessor as a suicide, as someone who gave his life fighting drug trafficking.[5] In April 2018, he and other local bishops defended those who argued that religious education in public schools represented a form of discrimination while arguing that such education was rooted in the provincial constitution. He said such education aided "integration among different religions" and that even those who opposed religious education could see the value of teaching "values". Their statement said that since everyone should support "a school that includes all of us ... we want to open a space for dialogue with interested people".[6]


  1. ^ "El Padre Carlos Alberto Sánchez, es el nuevo arzobispo de Tucumán". Arzobispado Tucumán (in Spanish). 23 August 2017. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 23.08.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Argentina: Mons. Alberto Sánchez arzobispo de Tucumán". Zenit (in Spanish). 23 August 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Valentié, Magena (14 October 2017). "Carlos Sánchez, el arzobispo ungido por el pueblo". La Gaceta (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ "El padre Pepe Di Paola se reunió con los curas villeros de Tucumán y con el arzobispo". La Gaceta (in Spanish). 17 November 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  6. ^ "El Arzobispado defendió la educación religiosa en las escuelas: 'hunde sus raíces en la constitución provincial'". La Gaceta (in Spanish). 17 April 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Tucumán
Succeeded by