Poli, Mario Aurelio
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: San Roberto Bellarmino
Native Country: Argentina
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 22 February 2014
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 29 November 2027

Mario Aurelio Poli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 November 1947. His father was from Tuscany, Italy and his mother was Argentine. He entered the University of Buenos Aires and studied law and social sciences. After earning his degree he entered the seminary. On 25 November 1978 he was ordained a priest and began serving in parish ministry. He then served as superior, treasurer and director of studies at the Major Seminary of Buenos Aires. From 1988-1991 he served as chaplain of the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit, and from 1988 to 1992 as ecclesiastical assistant of the lay association Fraternidades y Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino. In 1992 he was appointed director of the Vocational Propedeutic Institute San José, in San Isidro, where seminarians of the archdiocese spend the first year of their studies and spiritual formation. Since 1980 he has been a professor of Church history and patrology at the Catholic University of Argentina and a member of its academic council. In 1997 he earned a doctorate in theology. On 20 April 2002 he was ordained a bishop, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Abidda and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. As Auxiliary he began working in Flores, the same part of the vicariate that was entrusted to Archbishop Bergoglio. On 24 June 2008 Benedict XVI transferred him to the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Then on 28 March 2013 Pope Francis appointed him to the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. At this time he also served as grand chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina and national chaplain of the pastoral commission for the scouts. He succeeded Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. This in fact was Pope Francis' first episcopal appointment. He is the first archbishop of Buenos Aires in nearly too years to be appointed from among the archdiocesan clergy. On 4 May 2013 Pope Francis appointed him Ordinary for the Catholic faithful of the Eastern Rite resident in Argentina. He is also a member of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.