Who is Jorge García Cuerva, the archbishop appointed by the Pope / Argentina News

His bond with the most dispossessed led him to be part of the movement of priests of the Catholic Church called “villero priests”

By iProfessional

05/26/2023 – 4:12 p.m.

With 55 years and several peculiarities that make it new, the Monsignor Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva was named by Pope Francis as new archbishop of Buenos Aires. This is who until then served as bishop of Río Gallegos, his hometown, under the appointment of the Supreme Pontiff, and will be in charge of succeeding Mario Poli.

He was born on April 12, 1968 and, in addition to his religious vocation, he dedicated a large part of his life to studies: he studied Philosophy and Theology at the seminary of the diocese of San Isidro and received his priestly ordination on October 24, 1997.

He has a degree in Theology with a specialization in Church History and Canon Law from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He also obtained a law degree from the Catholic University of Salta..

He was parochial vicar of Nuestra Señora de la Cava (1997-2005); parish priest of Santa Clara de Asís (2005-2014) and of Nuestra Señora de la Cava in Béccar.

In addition, he was in charge of the vice presidency of the diocesan Cáritas of San Isidro, he served as regional adviser for the Prison Ministry, he was also secretary of the Episcopal Commission for Prison Ministry of the Argentine Episcopal Conference and chaplain of several penitentiary centers in the province of Buenos Aires.

Monsignor Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva was appointed by Pope Francis as the new Archbishop of Buenos Aires

much of his life, lived in a box in La Cava, a popular neighborhood of San Isidro. There he was first vicar and then parish priest.

His bond with the poorest led “El Gallego” -as his friends call him- to form part of the movement of priests of the Catholic Church called “curas villeros”, which emerged at the end of the 1960s. “The parish is the neighborhood. God surprised me again, I live it in my own flesh. The best is yet to come. There is much to do, together. All together, “García Cuerva was able to express.

His ties to politics

of very good relationship with the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massawhom he met in his days at the head of the Tigre mayor, Mario Poli’s successor must settle in the Buenos Aires archbishopric, located in front of Plaza de Mayo, at Rivadavia 415, in the heart of the downtown area.

The new Archbishop of Buenos Aires has a very good relationship with the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa

In March 2019, the current head of the Palacio de Hacienda was present at the assumption of the religious in Río Gallegos, where he was elevated bishop. “Jorge understands what it is to fight against human trafficking because he did it with us in the Buenos Aires suburbs. He knows what it is to fight against addictions because we work together to fight and he knows what it is to transform a village into a neighborhood“He was able to define it.

He Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero He also made reference to who was the bishop of the Municipality that saw him born and develop politically. The former chief of staff revealed that his first steps in politics were in La Cava, in a soup kitchen, at the age of 15, together with Father Aníbal Filippini and Father Jorge García Cuerva.

“I started to be a soldier there, working socially. That inequality is what is calling you. Some are destined to have different commitments. Some turn to politics and others to social tasks exclusively, and others, even to journalism,” he said. .

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