Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi
|Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet
Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi
Eparhia e Horës së Arbëreshëvet
|Territory||Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, Mezzojuso, Palazzo Adriano, Santa Cristina Gela and Palermo|
|Ecclesiastical province||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|(as of 2010)
|Denomination||Italo-Albanian Catholic Church|
|Established||26 October 1937|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St Demetrius the Martyr (Piana degli Albanesi)|
|Co-cathedral||Co-cathedral of St Nicholas (Palermo)|
|Bishop||Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro|
|Apostolic Administrator||Paolo Romeo|
|Emeritus Bishops||Ercole Lupinacci
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, being subject to the Italo-Albanian Byzantine Church.
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.
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. The territory is divided into 15 parishes.
Past and Present Ordinaries
Ordinary of Silicy of the Italo-Albanese
- 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 
Piana degli Albanesi
- 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)
- Giuseppe Perniciaro † (07/12/1967 - 06/05/1981 died)
- Ercole Lupinacci (March 25, 1981 - November 30, 1987 appointed bishop of Eparchy of Lungro)
- Sotir Ferrara (October 15, 1988 – April 8, 2013)
- Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro (31 March 2015 – present)
- Roberson, Ronald G. "The Eastern Catholic Churches 2010". Eastern Catholic Churches Statistics. Catholic Near East Welfare Association. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Chronology of Catholic Dioceses: The Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
- "Diocese of Piana degli Abanesi". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Rinunce e nomine" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
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