Pope appoints new Buenos Aires archbishop


Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis made his first clerical appointment on Thursday, assigning the bishop of Santa Rosa in Argentina to take over his former post as archbishop of the large diocese of Buenos Aires.

Archbishop Mario Poli, 65, steps into the shoes of former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the top Catholic Church figure in Argentina.

Poli worked alongside Bergoglio in the Argentine capital — which numbers 2.5 million faithful — from 2002 to 2008, after he was appointed auxiliary bishop by Francis’s predecessor Benedict XVI.

The pair are said to be close.

The world’s first Latin American pontiff is expected to include a trip home to Argentina among his first visits abroad.

While Argentina’s Clarin daily has cited Vatican sources saying the 76-year-old pope plans to travel there in the first weeks of December, no trip has yet been officially confirmed.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • disqus_W6yVjWFs1r

    While Pope Francis appears to be a breath of fresh air for the Roman Catholic Church, there would appear to be a bit of the ‘old’ style creeping in – I’m wondering why his replacement as archbishop was appointed so quickly when other diocese around the world are waiting two years or more for bishops to be appointed. In Ireland, we are waiting for the appointment of a number of bishops. Just a thought.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos