Diocese of Bitonto
The Italian Catholic diocese of Bitonto, in Apulia, had a short independent existence from 1982 to 1986. In the latter year it was united into the Archdiocese of Bari, forming the Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto. Before 1982 it was united into the diocese of Ruvo e Bitonto, a combination that existed from 1818.
Bishop Anderano (about 734) belonged either to Bitonto or the diocese of Bisignano; Arnolfo (1087) was the first undoubted Bishop of Bitonto. Other bishops include:
- Enrico Minutolo (1382), later cardinal;
- Cornelio Musso (1544), a Franciscan Conventual, participant at the Council of Trent;
- Fabrizio Carafa (1622), founder of a literary academy;
- Alessandro Crescenti (1652), later cardinal.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Ruvo and Bitonto". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.