Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi

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Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet
Planen(sis) Albanensium
Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi
Eparhia e Horës së Arbëreshëvet
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Location
Country Italy
Territory Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, Mezzojuso, Palazzo Adriano, Santa Cristina Gela and Palermo
Ecclesiastical province Immediately Subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
30,000
28,500 (95%)
Parishes 15[1]
Information
Denomination Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established 26 October 1937
Cathedral Cathedral of St Demetrius the Martyr (Piana degli Albanesi)
Co-cathedral Co-cathedral of St Nicholas (Palermo)
Patron saint Demetrius
Secular priests 31[1]
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro
Apostolic Administrator Paolo Romeo
Emeritus Bishops Ercole Lupinacci
Sotir Ferrara
Map
Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi.png
Website
eparchiapiana.it

The Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet (Italian: Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi; Albanian: Eparhia e Horës së Arbëreshëvet), in Sicily, has been an eparchy in 1937, and has 15 parishes,[2] being subject to the Italo-Albanian Byzantine Church.

History[edit]

On February 6, 1784, was created the first bishop of the Byzantine-Orthodox Rite for the Albanians of Sicily. The first bishop was Giorgio Stassi, Titular Bishop of Lampsacus. Before the Albanians faithful and their Orthodox priests they had no right and were at risk in assimilation in the Roman rite. On October 26, 1937, the Eparchy of Piana dei Greci was promoted from the Ordinariate of Silicia and erected from territory from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palermo and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Monreale. On October 25, 1941, Eparchy (Diocese) of Piana dei Greci was renamed as Eparchy of Piana degli Abanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet.[3]

Territory[edit]

The Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi includes the comunes of Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, Mezzojuso, Palazzo Adriano and Santa Cristina Gela. Eparchia See is the town of Piana degli Albanesi, where the Cathedral of Saint Demetrio Megalomartire is located. In Palermo, there is the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolò dei Greci alla Martorana.[3] The territory is divided into 15 parishes.[1]

Interior of the Cathedral of San Demetrio Megalomartire

Past and Present Ordinaries[edit]

Ordinary of Silicy of the Italo-Albanese[edit]

Titular Bishop of Lampsacus
  • Giorgio Stassi, † (1785 - 1801)
  • Giuseppe Guzzetta, † (1801 - 1813)
  • Francesco Chiarchiaro, † (1813 - 1834)
  • Giuseppe Crispi, † (1835 - 1859)
Other titular sees
  • Agostino Franco, † (1860 - 1877) Titular Bishop of Ermopolis Minor
  • Giuseppe Masi, † (1878 - 1903) Titular Bishop of Tempe
  • Paolo Schirò, † (1904 - 1941) Titular Bishop of Benda [3]

Piana degli Albanesi[edit]

Apostolic Administrator
  • Luigi Lavitrano † (October 26, 1937 - December 20, 1946 Resigned) Eparchy of Piana dei Greci (1937-1941)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Giuseppe Perniciaro (10/26/1937 – 07/12/1967) Titular Bishop of Arbanum
  • Ernesto Ruffini † (January 3, 1947 - June 11, 1967 died)
  • Paolo Romeo (April 8, 2013 - present)
Bishops

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberson, Ronald G. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010". Eastern Catholic Churches Statistics. Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Chronology of Catholic Dioceses: The Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
  3. ^ a b c d "Diocese of Piana degli Abanesi". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°59′46″N 13°17′07″E / 37.9962°N 13.2853°E / 37.9962; 13.2853