Montenegro, Francesco
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Santi Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio
Native Country: Italy
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Archbishop of Agrigento, Italy 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 22 May 2026

Francesco Montenegro was born on 22 May 1946 in Messina, Italy. He attended the St Pius X Archdiocesan Seminary from middle school through his philosophy and theology studies. He also studied pastoral theology at the Ignatianum in Messina. He was ordained a priest on 8 August 1969, and subsequently served two years in priestly ministry at a village of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), an area receiving assistance after being damaged by the war. From 1971-1978 he served as personal secretary to Archbishop Francesco Fasola and then to Archbishop Ignazio Cannavo. Then he was parish priest at St Clemente in Messina until 1987. In 1988 he was appointed director of the diocesan Caritas, and also became a regional Caritas delegate as well as a national Caritas representative. In the meantime he taught religion, was diocesan assistant of the Italian Sport Centre (CSI) and directed the diocesan Prayer Apostolate, while also fulfilling various duties as rector of the Church and Shrine of St Rita, as spiritual father of the minor seminary, and as a member of the presbytery council. From 1997-2000 he was pro-vicar general of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela, and since 1998 has been canon of the prometropolitan cathedral chapter. He was ordained a bishop on 29 April 2000, subsequent to his appointment as titular Bishop of Aurusuliana and Auxiliary of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela. He then served as president of the Caritas Italy from 2003-08. On 23 February 2008, Benedict XVI promoted him to Metropolitan Archbishop of Agrigento, and on 17 May he began his service to the archdiocese. On 24 May 2013 he was appointed president of the episcopal commission for immigration and president of the Migrantes foundation.