Roman Catholic Diocese of Bergamo
|Diocese of Bergamo
|Area||4,243 km2 (1,638 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||Basilica Cattedrale di S. Alessandro in Colonna|
|Emeritus Bishops||Lino Bortolo Belotti|
The Diocese of Bergamo (Latin: Dioecesis Bergomensis) is a see of the Catholic Church in Italy, and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Milan. It was founded in the fourth century CE, and its first bishop was Saint Narno. Narnus was succeeded by Viator of Bergamo.
The diocese is headed by Bishop Francesco Beschi, and has a strong fraternal relationship with the city and the archdiocese of Cochabamba in Bolivia. As of 2007, the diocese of Bergamo has 389 parishes, most of them belong to the political entity known as the Province of Bergamo (Italian: Provincia di Bergamo).
August 26 is the feast day of Bergamo's patron, Saint Alexander, who is believed to have been a Roman centurion of the Theban legion imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. He escaped, was recaptured, and was executed around 297 CE. He is considered a Christian martyr. A church, San Alessandro da Bergamo, had been dedicated to him since the earliest days of the diocese. The church is presently administered by the Benedictines, priests belonging to the Order of Saint Benedict.
In 2007, the diocese opened its 37th Diocesan Synod, a gathering dedicated to problems and opportunities confronting parishes in the twenty-first century.
Notable people in the history of the diocese
- Source for parishes: CCI (2008), Parrocchie, Chiesa Cattolica Italiana, retrieved 2008-03-14