Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Buenos Aires

Archdiocese of Buenos Aires

Archidioecesis Bonaerensis

Arquidiócesis de Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral
Country Argentina
TerritoryBuenos Aires
Ecclesiastical provinceBuenos Aires
MetropolitanBuenos Aires
Area78 sq mi (200 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
2,671,000 (91.6%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established6 April 1620
CathedralBuenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral
Patron saintNuestra Señora del Buen Aire
Secular priests471
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMario Poli
Auxiliary Bishops
Bishops emeritus
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The Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (Archidioecesis Bonaerensis) is one of thirteen Latin Metropolitan archdioceses of the Catholic Church in Argentina, South America.

The Archbishopric of Buenos Aires is the Primatial see (protocollary first-rank) of Argentina,[1][2][3] although the incumbent Metropolitan may be outranked by Cardinals or more senior ones. On 13 March 2013, then-Archbishop Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope, under the name of Francis. The current archbishop, since 28 March 2013, is Mario Aurelio Poli, appointed by Pope Francis to succeed him as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Statistics and extent

In 2014 the Archdiocese pastorally served 2,721,000 Catholics (91.6% of 2,971,000 total) in an area of 205 km² in 186 parishes and 183 missions with 783 priests (456 diocesan, 327 religious), 11 deacons, 1,915 lay religious (477 brothers, 1,438 sisters) and 53 seminarians. It is divided into the four zonal vicaries—Flores, Devoto, Belgrano and Centro—which are further subdivided into 20 deaconates.

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