Pope Names Archbishop of Córdoba, Argentina

Reverend Fr. Ángel Sixto Rossi, S.J., Until Now Provincial Counselor in Argentina and Uruguay

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The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Ángel Sixto Rossi, S.J., until now provincial counselor in Argentina and Uruguay, as metropolitan archbishop of Córdoba, Argentina. He was named after the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese presented by Archbishop Carlos José Ñáñez.

The Reverend Fr. Ángel Sixto Rossi, S.J., was born on August 11, 1958 in Córdoba. In 1976 he was admitted to the novitiate of the then Argentine province of the Society of Jesus. After his studies in philosophy and theology in Ecuador, on December 12, 1986, he received priestly ordination and on May 9, 1994, he gave his solemn vows. He graduated in spiritual theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He has held the following offices: rector of the church of El Salvador, founder of the Hogar San José reception centre and the Fundación Manos Abiertas. He has also served as master of novices and superior of the community of the Major Residence of the Society of Jesus in Córdoba.

He has published numerous texts and essays of a spiritual and pastoral nature and has offered the 30 days of Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for many years.

Within the Argentine-Uruguayan Jesuit province, he has served as provincial counselor, coordinator of the itinerant missionary team, and spiritual assistant of the Fundación Manos Abiertas.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Córdoba (erected 10 May 1570, as the Diocese of Córdoba) is in Argentina and is a metropolitan diocese and its suffragan sees include Cruz del Eje, San Francisco, Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto and Villa María as well as the Territorial Prelature of Deán Funes. It was elevated on 20 April 1934.

Córdoba is a city in central Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas on the Suquía River, about 700 km (435 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires. It is the capital of Córdoba Province and the second-most populous city in Argentina after Buenos Aires, with about 1.3 million inhabitants according to the 2010 census.