Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce

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Archdiocese of Lecce
Archidioecesis Lyciensis
Lecce cathedral main entrance.jpg
Lecce Cathedral
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Lecce
Statistics
Area 750 km2 (290 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
260,988
258,225 (98.9%)
Parishes 76
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1057 (957 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Domenico Umberto D’Ambrosio
Map
Lecce Diocesi.png
Website
www.diocesilecce.org

The Italian Catholic archdiocese of Lecce (Latin: Archidioecesis Lyciensis) has existed as a diocese since 1057. It has been an archdiocese since 1980, when it became the metropolitan of the archdiocese of Otranto, reversing the previous position.[1]

History[edit]

It was known to the ancients as Lupiæ. In the time of the Normans, Lecce became the seat of a countship, some of its counts being famous, notably Tancred of Lecce, who contested with Emperor Henry VI the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and Gautier de Brienne, cousin of Tancred.

A bishop of Lecce is first mentioned in 1057, in the person of Teodoro Bonsecolo. Other bishops of note were:

Bishops and Archbishops of Lecce since 1671[edit]

  • Antonio Pignatelli † (4 May 1671 - 12 Jan 1682 )
  • Fabrizio Pignatelli † (30 Mar 1695 Appointed - 1734 Died)
  • Scipione Sersale † ( 1744 Appointed - 11 Jul 1751 Died)
  • Alfonso Sozy Carafa, C.R.S. † (15 Nov 1751 Appointed - 1783 Died)
  • Salvatore Spinelli, O.S.B. † (26 Mar 1792 Appointed - 18 Dec 1796 )
  • Niccola Caputo de' Marchesi di Cerreto † (21 Dec 1818 Appointed - 1862 Died)
  • Valerio Laspro † (6 May 1872 Appointed - 20 Mar 1877 )
  • Salvatore Luigi Zola, C.R.L. † (22 Jun 1877 - 28 Apr 1898 Died)
  • Evangelista di Milia, O.F.M. Cap. † (15 Nov 1898 - 17 Sep 1901 Died)
  • Gennaro Trama † (10 Feb 1902 Appointed - 9 Nov 1927 )
  • Alberto Costa † (7 Dec 1928 - 2 Aug 1950 )
  • Francesco Minerva (17 Dec 1950 - 27 Jan 1981 )
  • Michele Mincuzzi † (27 Jan 1981 - 7 Dec 1988 )
  • Cosmo Francesco Ruppi (7 Dec 1988 - 16 Apr 2009 )
  • Domenico Umberto D'Ambrosio (16 Apr 2009 - )

References[edit]

  • De Simone, Lecce e i suoi dintorni (Lecce, 1874)
  • Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia, XXI.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.