De Giorgi was born in Vernole, in Apulia (Southern Italy). He was ordained as a priest in 1953 and first became a bishop in 1973, when he was made titular bishop of Tulana and an auxiliary bishop of Oria. Seven years later, in 1981, he was made archbishop of Foggia. From 1987 to 1990, he served as archbishop of Taranto. In 1990, he was appointed General Chaplain of Italian Catholic Action, a position which he held until becoming archbishop of Palermo in 1996. At the same time, he was also elected President of the Sicilian Episcopal Conference.
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He retired as Archbishop of Palermo on 19 December 2006, and was replaced by Archbishop Paolo Romeo, who had been apostolic nuncio to Italy and San Marino. Romeo is likely to be named a cardinal in the near future.
Cardinal De Giorgi is noted as a writer and journalist. He has been the author of several religious publications.
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4 April 1996–19 December 2006
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