Mario Aurelio Poli

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Mario Aurelio Poli
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Buenos Aires
ArchdioceseBuenos Aires
MetropolisBuenos Aires
SeeBuenos Aires
Appointed28 March 2013
Installed20 April 2013
Term ended26 May 2023
PredecessorJorge Mario Bergoglio (later Pope Francis)
SuccessorJorge García Cuerva
Other post(s)
Ordination25 November 1978
by Juan Carlos Aramburu
Consecration20 April 2002
by Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis)
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1947-11-29) 29 November 1947 (age 76)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (2002–2008)
  • Titular Bishop of Abidda (2002–2008)
  • Bishop of Santa Rosa (2008–2013)
MottoConcédeme, Señor, un corazón que escuche
(Lord, give me a listening heart)
Coat of armsCoat of arms
Ordination history of
Mario Aurelio Poli
Priestly ordination
Date25 November 1978
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJorge Bergoglio
Co-consecratorsJuan Carlos Aramburu
Mario Jose Serra
Joaquin Mariano Sucunza
Guillermo Rodríguez-Malgarejo
Date20 April 2002
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Mario Aurelio Poli as principal consecrator
Víctor Manuel Fernández15 June 2013
Alejandro Daniel Giorgi3 May 2014
Ernesto Giobando3 May 2014
Juan Carlos Ares26 December 2014
José María Baliña28 February 2015
Styles of
Mario Aurelio Poli
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Mario Aurelio Poli (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo awˈɾeljo ˈpoli]; born 29 November 1947) is an Argentine prelate of the Catholic Church who was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires from 2013 to 2023. He was the Bishop of Santa Rosa from 2008 to 2013 and before that an auxiliary bishop in Buenos Aires from 2002 to 2008. Pope Francis, his predecessor in Buenos Aires, made him a cardinal in 2014.

Early life and career[edit]

Mario Poli was born in Buenos Aires in 1947 as a son of Italian immigrants.[1] He began his philosophical and theological studies in 1969 at the Inmaculada Concepción Seminary in Villa Devoto. He obtained his bachelor's degree in social services at the University of Buenos Aires and his doctor of theology degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Poli was ordained a priest by Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu on 25 November 1978,[2] and led the Parish of San Cayetano in Liniers for two years.[3]

In 1992, the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires Antonio Quarracino appointed him Director of the Vocational Institute "Saint Joseph", a place of formation of future priests, where he exercised a peculiar and striking selective discrimination on the candidates for the priesthood, including criteria for ideological and socio-economic reasons as well as for carrying face and geographical origin.[citation needed]

He was professor of ecclesiastical history and patrology at the Argentine Catholic University.


Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires on 8 February 2002,[4] and Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Santa Rosa on 24 June 2008.[5]

Poli opposed same-sex marriage in Argentina and in 2013 said that he would have a respectful but distant relationship with the administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner,[6] a political stance similar to that of Bergoglio.[7] and called for increased dialogue between the church and the state.[8]

News of his appointment as archbishop of Buenos Aires was leaked to the press on 27 March 2013, two weeks after the post became vacant upon the election of Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy as Pope Francis. The leak was an embarrassment for Church officials.[7] The Vatican announced Poli's appointment on 28 March[9] and he was installed on 20 April at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral.[10] He received the pallium from Pope Francis in Rome on 29 June 2013.


Poli was made a cardinal in the consistory of 22 February 2014[11] with the rank of cardinal priest and assigned the titular church of San Roberto Bellarmino,[12] the same titular assignment held by Pope Francis.[2]

On 19 February 2014 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and Pontifical Council for the Laity.[13]

Poli gave the homily for the Mass at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral for the 2014 First National Government holiday. Poli quoted Francis and requested more political dialogue.[14]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation as artchbishop of Buenos Aires on 26 May 2023.[15]

He remained Ordinary for Catholics of the Eastern rites in Argentina until his resignation was accepted in November 2023. [16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mario Aurelio Poli in The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Mario Poli, el sucesor del papa Francisco como arzobispo de Buenos Aires" [Mario Poli, the successor of Pope Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires]. La Nación (in Spanish). 27 March 2013. Archived from the original on 15 February 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 08.02.2002" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 24.06.2008" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  6. ^ "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.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 28.03.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
  10. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals". Vatican Radio. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Assegnazione dei Titoli e delle Diaconie ai nuovi Cardinali" [Assignment of Titles and Deaconries to the new Cardinals]. The Holy See (in Italian). Ufficio delle Celebrazioni Liturgiche del Sommo Pontefice. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 19.02.2014" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  14. ^ "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. 25 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 26.05.2023" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 26 May 2023. Retrieved 26 May 2023.
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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Santa Rosa
24 June 2008 – 28 March 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Buenos Aires
28 March 2013 – 26 May 2023
Succeeded by
Ordinary of Argentina of the Eastern Rite
4 May 2013 – present
Cardinal-Priest of San Roberto Bellarmino
22 February 2014 – present