Davide Cocco Palmieri

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His Excellency

Davide Cocco Palmieri

Bishop of Malta
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Appointed15 May 1684
In office1684–1711
PredecessorMiguel Jerónimo de Molina
SuccessorJoaquín Canaves
Ordination24 February 1657
Consecration4 June 1684
Personal details
Born(1632-03-08)8 March 1632
Died19 September 1711(1711-09-19) (aged 79)

Davide Cocco Palmieri was an Italian, Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of Malta from 1684 till 1711.


Cocco Palmieri was born in Southern Italy in March 1632. He was ordained priest of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta on February 24, 1657. Two years after Bishop Molina was transferred to another diocese in Spain, Pope Innocent XI appointed Cocco Palmieri as his successor on May 15, 1684. Cocco Palmieri was greatly esteemed by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt. He was consecrated bishop on 4 June 1684. During his bishopric Cocco Palmieri opposed the privileges that of the Roman Inquisition. He was also known for his courage to confront the knights when they were mistaken.[1]

Cocco Palmieri established a number of parishes in Gozo such as the parishes of Sannat, Nadur, Xagħra and Żebbuġ. The earthquake of 1693 resulted in the destruction of many buildings including the cathedral in Mdina. Thus he started to lay plans for he construction of a new cathedral. He died after 23 years as bishop on 19 September 1711.[2]


  1. ^ Bonnici, Alexander; Schiavone, Michael J. (2007). Minn Publju sa Pawlu : l-isqfijiet ta' Malta, ta' Ghawdex, u isqfijiet ohra Maltin (in Maltese). Malta: Publikazzjonijiet Indipendenza. p. 12. OCLC 254299827.
  2. ^ "Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri, O.S.Io.Hieros.", Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 16 February 2015.