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New Leader of Mexican Catholic Church a Protégé of Pope Francis

LADB Article ID: 80477
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-12-13
By: Carlos Navarro

The appointment of Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes as the new leader of the Mexico City archdiocese, the Arquidiócesis Primada de México, could represent a significant change in the tone of the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico. A protégé of Pope Francis, Aguiar Retes is expected to adopt many of the pope’s positions, including dialogue and the support for the dignity of all people regardless of religious affiliation. When he is installed on Feb. 5, 2018, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, Aguiar Retes, who previously served as head of the nearby Diocese of Tlalnepantla, will become the de facto leader of the Mexican Catholic Church. He replaces Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, who was required to resign upon turning 75. Aguiar Retes’ point of emphasis during his first public address since his appointment was the theme of “ecclesial renovation,” in which he promised openness and placing a priority on taking care of the needs of the most disadvantage groups in society—a mandate from Pope Francis to Catholics around the world.

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