Archbishop of Agrigento
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||23 February 2008|
|Installed||17 May 2008|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Santi Andrea a Gregorio al Monte Celio (2015-)|
|Ordination||8 August 1969|
by Francesco Fasola
|Consecration||18 March 2000|
by Giovanni Marra
|Created cardinal||14 February 2015|
by Pope Francis
|Born||22 May 1946|
|Motto||"Caritas Sine Modo"|
("Love without Limit")
|Coat of arms|
Ordination history of
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Early life and career
Francesco Montenegro was born in Messina on 22 May 1946. He studied philosophy and theology at the Archdiocesan Seminary Saint Pius X there. He was ordained a priest on 8 August 1969 and then continued his studies at the Ignatianum of Messina. He did parish work during 1969–1971 in a suburban area of the city of Messina and in 1971–1978 served as secretary to the Archbishops of Messina Francesco Fasola and Ignazio Cannavò.
From 1978 to 1988 he was pastor of the parish of San Clemente in Messina and then director of the diocesan branch of Caritas, regional delegate of Caritas, and finally regional representative of the Italian Caritas.
He also fulfilled assignments as a professor of religion, diocesan assistant of Italian Sports Center, diocesan director of the Apostleship of Prayer, rector of the church sanctuary of Santa Rita and spiritual adviser of the minor seminary, and a member of the Council of Priests .
From 1997 to 2000, he was pro-vicar general of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela and served as well beginning in 1998 as proto-metropolitano canon of the chapter of the cathedral of Messina.
Bishop, archbishop and cardinal
On 18 March 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Messina-Lipari-Saint Lucia del Mela and titular bishop of Aurusuliana. He received his episcopal consecration on 29 April 2000 in the cathedral of Messina from Archbishop Giovanni Marra.
From May 2003 to May 2008, and again from May 2015 to December 2018, he was President of Italian Caritas.
On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make Montenegro a cardinal during the consistory in Rome on 14 February. At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of Santi Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio. On 13 April 2015, Pope Francis appointed Montenegro as member of Pontifical Council Cor Unum and Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. Pope Francis also named him to participate in the Synod on the Family in October 2015.
On 30 April 2020, Pope Francis appointed Alessandro Damiano to serve as Bishop Coadjutor of Agrigento in anticipation of Montenegro's retirement.
- "Rinunce e Nomine" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 18 March 2000. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Mons. Francesco Montenegro". Arcidiocesi di Agrigento (in Italian). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Grazie Presidente! Caritas Italiana saluta il cardinal Montenegro". Caritas Italians (in Italian). 4 December 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Rinunce e Nomine" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 13.04.2015" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Pope completes selection of Synod participants with bipartisan nominations and two parish priests". La Stampa. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 30.04.2020" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
- "Montenegro Card. Francesco". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- Vatican Insider profile, 12 January 2015
|Catholic Church titles|
| Auxiliary Bishop of Messina–Lipari–Santa Lucia del Mela
18 March 2000 – 23 February 2008
Cesare Di Pietro
|— TITULAR —
Titular Bishop of Aurusuliana
18 March 2000 – 23 February 2008
| Archbishop of Agrigento
23 February 2008 –
| Cardinal-Priest of Santi Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio|
14 February 2015 –