Roman Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
|Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
|Ecclesiastical province||Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo|
|Area||1,316 km2 (508 sq mi)|
|(as of 2004)
|Cathedral||Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Melfi)|
|Co-cathedral||Concattedrale di S. Andrea (Venosa)
Concattedrale di S. Michele Arcangelo (Rapolla)
|Bishop||Gianfranco Todisco, P.O.C.R.|
|Emeritus Bishops||Vincenzo Cozzi|
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa (Latin: Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusina, Italian: Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa) is in Basilicata, southern Italy. In 1986 the historic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla was united with the Diocese of Venosa. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo. The Abbey of the Santissima Trinità at Venosa comes under the Diocese.
Pope Nicholas II made the diocese of Melfi immediately dependent on the Holy See; its first bishop was Baldwin. Its beautiful cathedral, a work of Roger Borsa, son of Robert Guiscard (1155), was destroyed by the earthquake of 1851.
Among its bishops was the theologian Alessandro de San Elpidio, a former general of the Augustinians (1328). In 1528, Clement VII, in view of the scarcity of its revenues, united the Diocese of Rapolla to that of Melfi, "aeque principaliter".
List of bishops of Melfi
- Juan de Borja Lanzol de Romaní, el mayor (September 19, 1494/December 3, 1498—August 1, 1503)
- Catholic Hierarchy page
- MELFI - Online Information article about MELFI
- Catholic Encyclopedia article