Roman Catholic Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia
|Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia
|Ecclesiastical province||Immediately subject to the Holy See|
|Area||871 km2 (336 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Cathedral||Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Terni)|
|Co-cathedral||Concattedrale di S. Giovenale (Narni)
Concattedrale di S. Firmina (Amelia)
The diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia (Latin: Dioecesis Interamnensis-Narniensis-Amerina) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Umbria, central Italy. It was created in 1983, when the Diocese of Amelia was united to the Diocese of Terni e Narni. The latter had been in turn created in 1907, when the Diocese of Narni was united to the historical Diocese of Terni. The diocese is immediately subject to the Holy See.
Terni is the ancient Interamna Nahars of the Umbrians, and the cathedral, and other churches, are built on the sites of pagan temples. After the Lombard invasion, Terni belonged to the Duchy of Spoleto, and with the latter, came into the Pontifical States. It was at Terni that Pope Zacharias entered into the agreement with King Luitprand for the restitution of the cities of Bieda, Orte, Bomarzo, and Amelia to the Duchy of Rome.
It is believed that the gospel was preached at Terni by Saint Peregrinus, about the middle of the second century. Saint Valentinus has a basilica outside the city. There were other martyrs from this city, among them Saints Proculus, Ephebus, Apollonius, and the holy virgin Agape.
In the time of Totila, the Bishop of Terni, Saint Proculus, was killed at Bologna, and Saint Domnina and ten nuns, her companions, were put to death at Terni itself. After the eighth century Terni was without a bishop until 1217, in which year the diocese was re-established.
Among its bishops were:
- Ludovico Mazzanco III (1406), who governed the diocese for fifty-two years;
- Francesco Coppini (1458–1462), papal legate to England during the Wars of the Roses
- Cosmas Manucci (1625), who gave the high altar to the cathedral;
- Francesco Rapaccioli (1646), a cardinal who restored the cathedral.
- Franco Gualdrini (1983–2000)
- Vincenzo Paglia (2000–2012)
Among its saints:
- Saint Valentine (176-273), the third bishop of Terni 197-273. A friend and protector of those in love.
- Blessed Lucy of Narni (1476–1544), spiritual adviser to the Duke of Ferrara, Ercole I d'Este, 1499-1505.