Vaticanists have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be Pope Francis’ personal secretary and who is named Secretary of State. The first appointment he made as pope, however, was the new Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The move shows two things: first, that the Holy Father still has his head and his heart in Buenos Aires. The several phone calls he has made, one to the man who delivered his newspapers, two to friends celebrating birthdays, and one to cancel a dentist’s appointment, suggest the same.
The quick move to appoint his successor also shows that he had a successor in mind already and perhaps that he goes with his gut to take quick, decisive action.
Then, Cardinal Bergoglio turned 75 in December 2011 and promptly submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. The pope decided not to accept the resignation, but clearly Cardinal Bergoglio had given some thought as to who should succeed him.
On March 28, Pope Francis announced that Bishop Mario Poli of Santa Rosa, La Pampa would become Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Archbishop Poli was born, raised and formed in Buenos Aires. He entered the Metropolitan Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in 1969 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1978.
Pope John Paul II appointed Poli auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires in 2002. He served in that position until 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI named him Bishop of Santa Rosa.
His installation as Archbishop of Argentina’s primatial see will take place April 20th at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires.
Good evening and welcome to Perspectives Daily At the Pope’s weekly General Audience today, he continued his catechesis on the Mass reflecting on the rite of Holy Communion and invited Christians to ...read more
The Vatican announced today that the Pope will once again celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison, and will wash the feet of 12 inmates as he has done, since the beginning of ...read more
Emilie Callan, one of your Canadian delegates at the pre-synodal meeting, talks about her first day in Rome with 300 other youths from around the world. “Young people never won the Nobel prize for b ...read more
Today marks the first day of the pre-synod meetings where over 300 young people from all over the world, convened in Rome to have a frank conversation with the Pope about the future of the Catholic ch ...read more
This weekend, the Pope will make a quick trip to the town where St. Padre Pio was born and lived his life, and where his work continues to mark the year of the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s de ...read more
Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation – Born on the wings of World Youth Day 2002 in Canada, Salt + Light is a unique instrument of the New Evangelization. It is dedicated to being – and helping others become – the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ and the joy of the Gospel to the world by telling stories of hope that bring people closer to Christ and the Catholic faith.