Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo
Cardinal Romeo presides over a Mass.
|Appointed||19 December 2006|
|Installed||10 February 2007|
|Term ended||27 October 2015|
|Predecessor||Salvatore De Giorgi|
|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
|Birth name||Paolo Romeo|
|Born||20 February 1938|
Acireale, Kingdom of Italy
|Motto||Caritas omnia sustinet|
|Coat of arms|
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".
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.
Archbishop of Palermo
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
On 17 April 2001 was named to represent the Holy See in Italy and San Marino. 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. 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. He is eligible to vote in a papal conclave until his 80th birthday in 2018. 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.
- Paolo Cardinal Romeo, Catholic-Hierarchy.org
- Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XCI. 1999. p. 327. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 17.04.2001" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
- Allen Jr., John L. (27 October 2015). "Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "Romeo Card. Paolo". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
| Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
17 December 1983–24 April 1990
| Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
24 April 1990–5 February 1999
| Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
5 February 1999–17 April 2001
Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
| Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino
17 April 2001–19 December 2006
|Catholic Church titles|
| Titular Archbishop of Vulturia
17 December 1983–19 December 2006
Rodrigo Mejía Saldarriaga
Salvatore De Giorgi
| Archbishop of Palermo
19 December 2006–27 October 2015
| Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi
8 April 2013 – 28 June 2015
Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro