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Abitinae was a town in the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis and is famed for the Martyrs of Abitinae.


Extant contemporary records give the names of several bishops of the bishopric of Abitinae. Saturninus was at the Council of Carthage of 256, called by Cyprian to consider the question of the lapsi. Fundanus was the bishop who apostasized in the persecution of Diocletian and whose name is linked with the account of the Martyrs of Abitinae. At the joint Conference of Carthage in 411 between Catholic and Donatist bishops, Abitinae was represented by the Catholic Victor and the Donatist Maximus. Gaudiosus was one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian Vandal king Genseric exiled; he died in 453 in Naples. Reparatus and Augustalis took part in councils held in Carthage in 525 and 646 respectively.[1][2][3]

No longer a residential diocese, Abitinae is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[4]

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  1. ^ J. Mesnage L'Afrique chrétienne, Paris 1912, pp. 42–44
  2. ^ Auguste Audollent, v. Abitinae, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. I, Paris 1909, coll. 129-131
  3. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, pp. 63–64
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-290270-1), p. 822