Filippo Santoro was born in Bari-Carbonara on July 12, 1948.
He received his doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and graduated in Philosophy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan.
Ordained priest in 1972 for the Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto, in 1984 he went as a Fidei donum priest in the archdiocese of San Sebastiano in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
He was responsible for Communion and Liberation in Brazil and Latin America from 1988 to 1996. In 1992 he was a member of the Holy See delegation for the World Conference on the Environment (ECO-92) and in the same year participated as theologian at 4th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops in Santo Domingo.
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro on April 10, 1996, received the episcopal ordination on June 29 next. In 2004 he was appointed Bishop of the diocese of Petrópolis in Brazil.
In 2011, Benedict XVI named him Metropolitan Archbishop of Taranto, where he entered the alive of the environmental and social issue by supporting the reasons for life, health and work.
He attended the Synod of Bishops in 2008 and 2012. He is also Chairman of the Scientific Committee and Organizer of the Social Week of Italian Catholics.
He is author of several theological and philosophical publications.