Illustrious Characters


    Jurist born in Tortorella (Salerno) on 22 July 1556 and died on 11 July 1636

    Scipione Rovito was born of humble parents, arrived in Naples still young, he began to study law with fervor, he graduated and devoted himself to the art of forensics. At the age of 56, he was appointed advisor by King Philip III along with three other famous lawyers. Later he was appointed President of the Royal Chamber and then to the Supreme Dignity of Regent of the Chancellery. Rovito had a reputation as an overly severe and austere man, a rigor that he used towards others but which he did not know how to impose on his family. On 11 June 1636, at the age of almost 80, he ceased to live, leaving his family without any support and in misery. His body was buried in the most beautiful Church of the Gesù Nuovo in Naples.


    Tortorella, January 29, 1906; Bari, August 27, 1973, was an Italian archbishop.

    Ordained a priest on 8 July 1928, at the age of only 39, on 22 January 1945, he was appointed bishop of the diocese of Miletus and on 8 April of the same year he received episcopal ordination. For short periods he also had the responsibility, as apostolic administrator, of the dioceses of Oppido Mamertina and Nicotera and Tropea (1952). During the years of the episcopate in Calabria, Monsignor Nicodemo had a reputation as a dynamic young bishop. On 11 November 1952 he was promoted archbishop of Bari and Canosa. During his ministry he was assistant to the papal throne, vice president of the Italian Episcopal Conference since 1966, president of the Apulian Episcopal Conference, pontifical delegate of the basilica of San Nicola di Bari, member of the Secretariat for Christian unity, apostolic administrator of the prelature territory of Altamura-Acquaviva delle Fonti since 1969, president of the Foundation ” He promoted the construction of numerous works, including 20 new parishes, the diocesan seminary and the adjacent clergy house.

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