Mons. Filippo Santoro, archbishop of Taranto was appointed President of the CEI Episcopal Commission for social and work problems, justice and peace. He is in charge of it because of his effort in his city, where the environmental and economic crisis has profoundly marked the city. Don Alessandro Greco, vice vicar of the Dioceses of Taranto, wrote to wish his archbishop a fruitful work, and he stated that this is just confirmation of the important contribution of Don Filippo in social affairs; he also added that this presidency is an important opportunity of enrichment and attention for the archdiocese of Taranto.
Filippo Santoro was born in Bari in 1948. He became priest in 1972 and in 1984, he became archbishop of Rio de Janeiro – it was Card. Eugenio de Arauko Sales who requested it. Don Luigi Giussiani asked him to go to Brazil, where he spent two years leading the ecclesiastic movement Communion and Liberation. A few years later, he becomes bishop in Brazil. After his South American experience, in 2011, he becomes Bishop of Taranto and in 2012, he joins the Pontifical Council for Laity, and his last responsibility is this CEI job.
Transaltion provided by Mary Ann D’Costa