Rocco Palmo

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Rocco Palmo
Born 1983 (age 33–34)
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality United States
Education B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Roman Catholic journalist and blogger

Rocco Palmo (born 1983) is a Roman Catholic commentator and writer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Palmo was raised in a large Italian family[1] in South Philadelphia.[2] He is a great-nephew of the onetime papal Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Gasparri. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.[3] He still lives in South Philadelphia.[4]


Palmo's blog "Whispers in the Loggia" is focused primarily on Catholic ecclesiastical happenings in North America. In 2009 he broke the news of the appointments of archbishops to New York, Miami, and Los Angeles well before traditional news outlets. Ann Rodgers, religion reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, stated: "A great many of his sources are anonymous archbishops and bishops who know they can talk to him, and feed him stuff and they don't have to worry about their names showing up."[5] Palmo verifies all his reports with three sources before publishing.[6]

Palmo was previously US correspondent for the London-based Catholic weekly The Tablet,[7] and he is a former columnist for the online magazine Busted Halo.[8]

National Public Radio profiled Palmo, stating that his blog: "...has become a must-read for many Catholics — even some inside the Vatican."[9] Archbishop Robert James Carlson of St. Louis is quoted as saying he reads "Whispers in the Loggia" with some regularity.[10] Palmo is frequently cited by major publications including USA Today, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times.[11][12][13][14][15] He was interviewed by National Public Radio on February 27, 2013, about the papal conclave to name a successor to retiring Pope Benedict XVI.

In April 2011 he was named as one of two chairs of the Vatican’s first conference on the blogosphere/social media.[16] In March 2012 Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap named Palmo a member of a new Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the first body of its kind to be established in Philadelphia.


In 2010 Palmo received an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, Missouri. Rev. Richard Peddicord, president of the Aquinas Institute, stated: "Rocco has shown that someone with his background—a Christian commitment, but also his abilities and background in journalism—can use the blogosphere in a very powerful way in terms of communicating the message of the church." Aquinas has never awarded an honorary degree to a journalist, and the only other journalist who has given Aquinas' commencement address was Peter Steinfels of The New York Times in 1993.[5]


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