Mariano Soler

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Mariano Soler
Archbishop of Montevideo
See Montevideo
Appointed April 19, 1897
Predecessor Inocencio María Yéregui
Successor Juan Francisco Aragone
Ordination December 21, 1872
Personal details
Born (1846-03-25)March 25, 1846
San Carlos,  Uruguay
Died September 26, 1908(1908-09-26) (aged 62)
Buried Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral
Nationality  Uruguayan
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Montevideo
Previous post Bishop of Montevideo
Alma mater South American College

Monsignor Dr. Mariano Soler (born 25 March 1846 in San Carlos - deceased 26 September 1908 in Gibraltar) was a Uruguayan cleric and the first Roman Catholic archbishop of Montevideo, Uruguay.

A student at the South American College in Rome, he obtained his doctorate in Canon Law.

He was an outstanding intellectual in the area of the scientific and philosophical culture of Uruguay, and a strong defender of the ecclesiastical institutions (i.e., the prerogatives of Roman Catholic church). He was known to be a staunch opponent of the theory of natural selection of Charles Darwin an of Darwinism generally.[1]

He wrote a large number of articles of religious character and served as a lecturer in philosophy. He was also elected a deputy by the department of Canelones Department.


Tomb of Mariano Soler at the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral.

Soler was born on March 25, 1846 in San Carlos, Maldonado, Uruguay. In his childhood he received instruction from Fr. Angel Singla. Having expressed interest in ecclesiastical instruction in his adolescence, his family allowed him to enter as a pupil of Don's School (headed by Jaime Roldós y Pons) of Montevideo as a seminarian.

He then entered the university, and completed his seminary degree in Santa Fe. He finished his studies in the Pontifical Colegio Pio Latin American of Rome, being ordained priest on December 20, 1872. Later he obtained the title of Doctor in canon law.

Upon returning to Montevideo, he held the positions of Provisor, Prosecutor, the Vicar General of the Diocese and, between 1874 and 1890, the parish priest of the Cord Church.

He became the third bishop of Montevideo, on January 29, 1891, succeeding Monsignor Innocent Maria Yéregui. The Pope Leo XIII transformed to Montevideo into a Archbishopric, and, on April 19 of that year, Soler receiveed in Rome the investiture that would make it the first archbishop of Montevideo.

He toured America and Europe, and traveled on six occasions to the Vatican. In 1908, when returning from his last trip to Rome, he fell prey to a disease in Italy, and later passed away in Gibraltar.

He is buried in an ornate tomb inside the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral.

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