Michele Giordano studied philosophy and theology at the regional seminar in Potenza and then in Salerno and at the inter-diocesan seminary in Posillipo . He received on 5 July 1953, the sacrament of holy orders and was a minister in Scanzano. From 1959 he held various positions in the diocese of Anglona-Tursi, including director of the Center for Catechesis and later the Center for Social Studies and Vicar General. Pope Paul VI awarded him the title of Chaplain to His Holiness on February 23, 1968 .
Paul VI appointed him on December 23, 1971. as titular bishop of Lari Castellum and auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Matera. He received the episcopal ordination on February 5, 1972 by Archbishop Giacomo Palombella ; Co- consecrators were Dino Tomassini , Bishop of Anglona-Tursi, and Giuseppe Vairo , Archbishop of Acerenza. His episcopal motto was "Sicut flumen pax tua". In 1974 he was appointed Archbishop of Matera-Irsina and was administrator of the Diocese of Gravina and Irsina. On May 9, 1987, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Naples. In 1987 the 24 bishops of Campania elected him president of the regional bishops' conference.
In the consistory of June 28, 1988, Pope John Paul II accepted him as a cardinal priest with the titular church of San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello in the college of cardinals . Giordano was a member of the executive committee of Section II of the Vatican State Secretariat , the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments , the Congregation for the Clergy and the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care in Health Care . He was the Grand Prior of the Order of Constantine .
Giordano was known for his efforts in the fight against organized crime , especially in Naples. He came into conflict with the Italian judiciary several times. In 2002 he was sentenced to four months probation for violating Italian building law. The Corte Suprema di Cassazione dismissed the action on April 28, 2005. Investigations into usury and tax offenses , however, were discontinued.
Cardinal Giordano was a participant in the 2005 conclave , in which Pope Benedict XVI. was chosen. On May 20, 2006, he accepted Giordano's request for resignation in accordance with the provisions of the Codex Iuris Canonici for reasons of age. Until the solemn inauguration ( enthronement ) of his successor Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe on July 1 of the same year, he headed the Archdiocese of Naples as Apostolic Administrator . He died at the end of 2010 after a short illness and, like his immediate predecessor Corrado Cardinal Ursi, was buried in the basilica of Capodimonte .
- Giordano, Michele. In: Salvador Miranda : The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. ( Florida International University website), accessed February 9, 2020.
- Entry for Michele Giordano on catholic-hierarchy.org
- Michele Cardinal Giordano ( Memento of February 3, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
- "Naples pleure la disparition du cardinal Giordano" , Vatican Radio , November 3, 2010
|Giacomo Palombella (it)||
Archbishop of Matera (-Irsina)
|Corrado Cardinal Ursi||
Archbishop of Naples
|Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Giordano, Cardinal Michele|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian clergyman, Archbishop of Naples and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 26, 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sant'Arcangelo , Potenza Province , Italy|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 2, 2010|
|Place of death||Naples|