Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste

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Diocese of Trieste
Dioecesis Tergestinus
Trieste Cattedrale di San Giusto frontside.jpg
Trieste Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Gorizia
Area 134 km2 (52 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
221,700 (91.7%)
Parishes 60
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giusto Martire
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Emeritus Bishops Eugenio Ravignani
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste in Italy.svg

The Italian Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste (Latin: Dioecesis Tergestinus) in the Triveneto, has existed since no later than 524, and in its current form since 1977. The bishop's seat is in Trieste Cathedral. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Gorizia.[1]


Saint Frugifer, consecrated in 524, was the first bishop of Trieste; the diocese was then a suffragan of the archdiocese of Aquileia.

Among the bishops were:

From 1787 a series of administrative changes took place, beginning with the suppression of the diocese of Pedena, which was added to that of Trieste. Emperor Joseph II then abolished the diocese of Trieste in 1788, merging it into the archdiocese of Gradisca. In 1791 Joseph's brother, Emperor Leopold II, divided the archdiocese of Gradisca into the newly created diocese of Gorizia-Gradisca, or Görz-Gradisca, and a re-created diocese of Trieste, appointing as its bishop the tutor of his children Sigismund Anton, Count of Hohenwart. Later attempts were made to suppress the see again, but the emperor decreed its preservation, appointing Ignatius Cajetanus von Buset zu Faistenberg bishop.[2] After his death in 1803 the see remained vacant for eighteen years, because of the disorders caused by Napoleon.

Emperor Franz II finally appointed Antonio Leonardis da Lucinico as the new bishop of Trieste in 1821. In 1828 the Slovenian diocese of Koper, or Capodistria-Koper, was united with Trieste, after which it was known as the Diocese of Trieste-Koper (Capodistria),[3] or Triest-Capo d'Istria (in the German spelling).

Bishop Bartholomew Legat was present at the Synod of Vienna in 1849, where he defended the views of the minority in the First Vatican Council. In 1909 Bishop Franz Xaver Nagl was appointed coadjutor cum jure successionis to the ninety-year-old Cardinal Prince-Archbishop Anton Gruscha of Vienna.

In 1977 Koper / Capodistria became an independent diocese once more, leaving the diocese of Trieste in its present state.[4]

Bishops of Trieste since 1821[edit]

  • Antonio Leonardis da Lucinico (1821 - 1831)
  • Matteo Raunicher (30 Sep 1831 - 1845)
  • Bartolomeo Legat (12 Dec 1846 - 1875)
  • Juraj (Giorgio) Dobrila (5 Jul 1875 - 1882)
  • Giovanni Nepomuceno Glavina (3 Jul 1882 - 1895)
  • Andrea Maria Sterk (25 Jun 1896 - 1901)
  • Franz Xaver Nagl (26 Mar 1902 - 1 Jan 1910)
  • Andrea Karlin (6 Feb 1911 - 15 Dec 1919)
  • Angelo Bartolomasi (15 Dec 1919 - 11 Dec 1922)
  • Luigi Fogar (9 Jul 1923 - 30 Oct 1936)
  • Antonio Santin (16 May 1938 - 28 Jun 1975)
  • Lorenzo Bellomi (17 Oct 1977 - 23 Aug 1996)
  • Eugenio Ravignani (4 Jan 1997 - 4 Jul 2009)
  • Giampaolo Crepaldi (4 Jul 2009 - )


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

Coordinates: 45°38′47″N 13°46′20″E / 45.6465°N 13.7722°E / 45.6465; 13.7722