Paolo Romeo

Paolo Romeo

Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo
Cardinal Romeo presides over a Mass.
Archdiocese Palermo
See Palermo
Appointed 19 December 2006
Installed 10 February 2007
Term ended 27 October 2015
Predecessor Salvatore De Giorgi
Successor Corrado Lorefice
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria dei Siciliani (2010-)
Ordination 18 March 1961

by Angelo Calabretta
Consecration 6 January 1984

by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal 20 November 2010

by Pope Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Paolo Romeo
Born (1938-02-20) 20 February 1938 (age 82)

Acireale, Kingdom of Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Alma mater
Motto Caritas omnia sustinet
Coat of arms Paolo Romeo's coat of arms

Paolo RomeoSTLJCD (born 20 February 1938) is a Cardinal and Archbishop emeritus of Palermo. He was appointed to the see of Palermo by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 December 2006.[1]

Romeo was the fifth of nine children. After primary school he entered the seminary and began studying Theology.

His bishop sent him to Rome in 1959 to complete his academic studies and he achieved the licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University and a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University.

He was ordained on 18 March 1961 at the chapel of the Episcopal Seminary of Acireale, he was incardinated in the Diocese of Acireale. He continued his studies at the university and did pastoral ministry as assistant to the Scouts Group "Roma IX" in "Collegio San Giuseppe in Piazza di Spagna" and diocesan assistant of the association "Silenziosi Operai della Croce".

Diplomatic work [ edit ]

In 1964, he was admitted to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and on 1 January 1967 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. Romeo worked in the nunciatures in the Philippines, Belgium and Luxembourg and European Community, Venezuela, and Rwanda and Burundi. In 1967, he was called to the Council for Public Affairs of the Church in the Secretariat of State. At the same time, he worked as director of the "Casa Internazionale del Clero" and was regional assistant for the Lazio of the AGESC.

In 1976 he was recalled to the Vatican Secretariat of State to monitor the life of the Catholic community in the countries of Latin America and activities of the Latin American Episcopal Conference, especially at that time which involved preparation for the 3rd General Conference of that continent which opened on 29 January 1979.

On 17 December 1983 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Vulturia by Pope John Paul II and that same day was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. Archbishop Romeo stayed in Haiti until his appointment to serve as Nuncio in Colombia in April 1990. On 5 February 1999 he was appointed Nuncio to Canada.[2]

Archbishop of Palermo [ edit ]

Styles of

Paolo Romeo
Coat of arms of Paolo Romeo.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Palermo

On 17 April 2001 was named to represent the Holy See in Italy and San Marino.[3] Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Romeo to serve as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Palermo on 19 December 2006, replacing Salvatore De Giorgi, who had reached the retirement age of 75 in September 2005. In 2005 Archbishop Romeo was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[4] Archbishop Romeo received the pallium in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on 29 June 2007 from Pope Benedict along with 45 other metropolitan archbishops. Archbishop Romeo was elected president of the Sicilian Episcopal Conference on 14 February 2007.

He was created Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria at a consistory on 20 November 2010 and was eligible to vote in a papal conclave until his 80th birthday in 2018. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

In December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. On 3 October 2010 he welcomed Pope Benedict when he visited the Sicilian capital. Cardinal Romeo is Sicilian Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. At age 75 he submitted his resignation letter to Pope Francis, which was accepted on 27 October 2015.[5]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Paolo Cardinal Romeo,
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis(PDF). XCI. 1999. p. 327. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 17.04.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Allen Jr., John L. (27 October 2015). "Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy". Retrieved 27 October 2015.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by

Luigi Conti
Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti

17 December 1983–24 April 1990
Succeeded by

Giuseppe Leanza
Preceded by

Angelo Acerbi
Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia

24 April 1990–5 February 1999
Succeeded by

Beniamino Stella
Preceded by

Carlo Curis
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada

5 February 1999–17 April 2001
Succeeded by

Luigi Ventura
Preceded by

Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino

17 April 2001–19 December 2006
Succeeded by

Giuseppe Bertello
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by

Marco Cé
Titular Archbishop of Vulturia

17 December 1983–19 December 2006
Succeeded by

Rodrigo Mejía Saldarriaga
Preceded by

Salvatore De Giorgi
Archbishop of Palermo

19 December 2006–27 October 2015
Succeeded by

Corrado Lorefice
Preceded by

Sotir Ferrara
Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi

8 April 2013 – 28 June 2015
Succeeded by

Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro
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