Rev Carmine Rocco

Rev Carmine Rocco

Birth
Camigliano, Provincia di Caserta, Campania, Italy
Death 12 May 1982 (aged 70)
Rome Center, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Burial Camigliano, Provincia di Caserta , Campania, Italy
Plot Family Chapel.
Memorial ID 63896014 · View Source
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Former Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil and Archbishop of the Titular See of Iustinianopolis in Galatia, Monsignor Carmine Rocco was born in a Camigliano, Province of Caserta, Italy, on April 12, 1912, to Vincenzo Rocco and Clementina Giusti, the sixth of their seven children. He was baptized at the church of San Simeone the following April 24 with the names Carmine Gabriele Giovanni.

Entering the Diocesan Seminary of Teano-Calvi at an early age, he later moved to the Seminary of Posillipo, where he underwent further studies under the Jesuit Fathers. Ordained to the priesthood at 24 years of age on July 26, 1936, he obtained a degree in canon law and frequented the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome.

In 1939, Rocco was sent to the Apostolic Nunciature in France, where in 1944, he was named collaborator of the Apostolic Nuncio, Angelo Roncalli, future Pope John XXIII. Monsignor Roncalli remained impressed by Rocco's humility and charisma. As Pope John XXIII, he would later give Rocco a precious episcopal ring as a sign of his esteem and appreciation.

Appointed apostolic nuncio in Bolivia by Pope John XXIII on October 5, 1961, Rocco received his episcopal consecration with the Titular See of Iustinianopolis in Galatia on the following November 12 from Cardinal Giovanni Amleto Cicognani, assisted by Cardinal Angelo dell'Acqua and Bishop Matteo Guido Sperandeo.

Named apostolic nuncio in the Philippines on September 16, 1967, he succeeded Monsignor Umberto Mozzoni as postolic nuncio in Brazil on May 22, 1973. During his tenure in Brazil, Archbishop Rocco oversaw the creation 30 new dioceses, 20 prelatures and the appointment of 122 bishops. In 1980 he welcomed Pope John Paul II during his Apostolic Visit to Brazil. Although a worldwide traveller, he never forgot his roots at Camigliano and would stop by to visit his mother and friends.

In 1982, he left Brazil due to health reasons on the advice of Pope John Paul II following the latter's ten day visit to Brazil. There, he was recovered at the Policlino Gemelli, where he succumbed on May 12, 1982, aged 70. Solemn funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Peter's Patriarchal Vatican Basilica on May 14, and following the celebration of another Requiem Mass at Camigliano, his remains were interred inside the Cimitero Comunale in the Family Chapel. According to his own wishes, his residence at Camigliano was converted into a home for elderly, nowadays named Casa Santi Vincenzo e Clemente. A street in Camigliano was named after him following the wishes of the village citizens.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 8 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63896014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Carmine Rocco (12 Apr 1912–12 May 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63896014, citing Cimitero Comunale di Camigliano, Camigliano, Provincia di Caserta , Campania, Italy ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .