Pope names successor in Buenos Aires

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 6:35 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made his first bishop appointment, naming the bishop of Santa Rosa, Argentina as his successor as archbishop of Buenos Aires and the top churchman in Argentina.

Archbishop Mario Poli had been an auxiliary bishop in the Argentine capital in 2002-2008 while the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was archbishop.

The 66-year-old Poli, trained in social work, made news recently when he publicly dressed-down a priest who had posted a Facebook greeting on the birthday of former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla.

Argentine media say Poli is very much a priest in Francis' vein, less political and more pastoral.

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