Roman Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa

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Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusina
Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Cattedrale Melfi.jpg
Melfi Cathedral
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo
Statistics
Area 1,316 km2 (508 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
90,000
89,000 (98.9%)
Parishes 32
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 11th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Melfi)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Andrea (Venosa)
Concattedrale di S. Michele Arcangelo (Rapolla)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco, P.O.C.R.
Emeritus Bishops Vincenzo Cozzi
Website
www.webdiocesi.chiesacattolica.it
Co-cathedral in Venosa

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.[1] The Abbey of the Santissima Trinità at Venosa comes under the Diocese.

History[edit]

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,[2] 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".[3]

List of bishops of Melfi[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. ^ MELFI - Online Information article about MELFI
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

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