Roman Catholic Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti

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Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti
Dioecesis Altamurensis-Gravinensis-Aquavievensis
Puglia Altamura1 tango7174.jpg
Cathedral in Bari
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Statistics
Area 1,309 km2 (505 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
168,658
163,735 (97.1%)
Parishes 40
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1248 (766 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedral Basilica Concattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Concattedrale di S. Eustachio
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Mario Paciello
www.diocesidialtamura.it

The Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti (Latin: Dioecesis Altamurensis-Gravinensis-Aquavievensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Apulia, southern Italy, created in 1986. In that year, the territorial prelature of Altamura e Acquaviva delle Fonti was united with the diocese of Gravina. The present diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[1]

The seat of the bishop is at Altamura Cathedral, with Acquaviva Cathedral and Gravina Cathedral as co-cathedrals.

History[edit]

Altamura was once a territorial prelature: an archipresbyterate, declared exempt from episcopal jurisdiction by Pope Innocent IV in 1248, and again by Pope Innocent VIII (1484-92). Acquaviva delle Fonti, a town of the Campagna, was declared similarly exempt by Pope Pius IX and united with Altamura on 17 August 1848.[2]

Notes[edit]

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

Co-cathedrals: Gravina Cathedral (left) Acquaviva Cathedral (right)

Coordinates: 40°49′00″N 16°33′00″E / 40.8167°N 16.5500°E / 40.8167; 16.5500