Mario Aurelio Poli
Mario Aurelio Poli
|Cardinal, Archbishop of Buenos Aires|
|Appointed||28 March 2013|
|Installed||20 April 2013|
|Predecessor||Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ|
|Ordination||25 November 1978
by Juan Carlos Aramburu
|Consecration||20 April 2002
by Jorge Bergoglio
|Created Cardinal||22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
29 November 1947 |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mario Aurelio Poli
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
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, SJ, 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.
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, and led the Parish of San Cayetano in Liniers for two years.
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, a political stance similar to that of Bergoglio. He has requested an increased dialogue between the church and the state.
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. Poli's appointment was officially announced on 28 March and he was enthroned on 20 April at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, 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. and assigned the titular church of San Roberto Bellarmino; as was the case with the see of Buenos Aires, this title's last previous occupant was Bergoglio (now Pope Francis).
Poli spoke in the te deum at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral for the 2014 First National Government holiday. The Kirchners ceased to attend the celebrations when Bergoglio criticized the president Néstor Kirchner; Cristina Kirchner returned in 2014. Poli quoted Francis and requested more political dialogue. 
- "Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- "Mario Poli, el sucesor del papa Francisco como arzobispo de Buenos Aires" [Mario Poli, the successor of Pope Francis as archbishop of Buenos Aires] (in Spanish). La Nación. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals". Vatican Radio. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Glatz, Carol (March 31, 2014). "Pope confirms heads of Vatican curial agencies". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
- "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|
Rinaldo Fidel Brédice
|Bishop of Santa Rosa in Argentina
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
|Archbishop of Buenos Aires
20 April 2013–present