Roman Catholic Diocese of Patti
|Diocese of Patti
|Ecclesiastical province||Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela|
|Area||1,648 km2 (636 sq mi)|
|(as of 2004)
|Cathedral||Cattedrale di S. Bartolomeo|
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Patti (Latin: Dioecesis Pactensis) is in Sicily. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela.
Count Ruggiero founded at Patti a Benedictine abbey, and in 1131 the antipope Anacletus II made Patti an episcopal see, uniting it with the Abbey of Lipari. Pope Eugenius III in 1157 confirmed the action of the antipope, the first legitimate pastor of the see being Gilbertus.
In 1399, Lipari and Patti were separated, and the first bishop of the separate see of Patti was Francesco Hermemir. Other bishops were:
- Francesco Urvio (1518), who in the course of controversies with the capitano dello spagnuolo was imprisoned; later he was transferred to the Diocese of Urgel in Catalonia (Spain);
- Bartolomeo Sebastiani (1548), who attended the Council of Trent, and was Governor of Sicily for three years;
- Alfonso de los Cameros (1652), the founder of the seminary, restored later by Bishop Galletti (1727);
- Cardinal Geremia Celesia, later Archbishop of Palermo, Bishop of Patti, 1860-71.