Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Argentinean Bishops’ Conference.
The archbishop was elected on Nov. 8 during the bishops’ 102nd plenary assembly. He succeeds Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, who held the post for six years.
The AICA news agency reported that Bishop Virginio Bressanelli of Neuquen and Archbishop Mario Cargnello of Salta were elected as first and second vice presidents. Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Eguia Segui of Buenos Aires was re-elected as secretary general.
Archbishop Arancedo was born in Buenos Aires on October 26, 1940. He was ordained a priest in 1967, in Lomas de Zamora, and he was named Auxiliary Bishop of that diocese in 1988.
He was then named bishop of Mar del Plata in 1991, where he served until being appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz.