Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto

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Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto
Archidioecesis Theatinus-Vastensis
Chieti kirche 01.jpg
Cathedral in Chieti
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Chieti-Vasto
Statistics
Area 2,539 km2 (980 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
312,982
305,882 (97.7%)
Parishes 157
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Giustino (Chieti)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Giuseppe (Vasto)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Bruno Forte
Map
ChietiVasto diocesi.png
Website
www.webdiocesi.chiesacattolica.it
Co-cathedral in Vasto

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto (Latin: Archidioecesis Theatinus-Vastensis) received that name in 1986. The historic Archdiocese of Chieti was elevated from a diocese in 1526.[1]

History[edit]

Chieti is the ancient Teate. In the Gothic War it was captured by Totila; later it fell into the hands of the Lombards, from whom it was captured by Pepin and devastated. The Normans rebuilt the city, which thenceforth belonged to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

St. Justinus is venerated as the first Bishop of Chieti, and the cathedral is dedicated to him. Several of his successors are also venerated as saints, among them Gribaldus (874), whose portrait is on the bronze doors of the monastery of St. Clement in the Island of Pescara.

Giovanni Pietro Caraffa in 1524 resigned the see, and associated himself with Cajetan of Tiene in the foundation of the Theatine Order. Later Caraffa became pope under the name of Paul IV.

Bishops and Archbishops[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page

External links[edit]

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