Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano
|Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano
Cathedral of Cosenza
|Area||979 sq mi (2,540 km2)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Cosenza)|
|Co-cathedral||Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Bisignano)|
|Patron saint||Madonna del Pilerio
Francesco di Paola
Beato Umile da Bisignano
|Suffragans||sees: Cassano all’Jonio
Archdiocese of Rossano-Cariati
San Marco Argentano-Scalea
|Emeritus Bishops||Giuseppe Agostino|
The Gospel was first preached in Cosenza by missionaries from Reggio; its earliest known bishop is Palumbus, a correspondent (599) of St. Gregory the Great. Cosenza was erected as a diocese in 700. Cosenza was raised to the dignity of an archbishopric about 1050. Among the best known Archbishops of Cosenza have been: Ruffo, who perished in the earthquake of 1184; the Cistercian Martino (1285), a prolific but uncritical writer; Pirro Caracciolo (1452), the friend of St. Francis of Paula; Bartolommeo Fleury, who died at Rome (1495) in Castle Sant' Angelo, where he had been imprisoned for forgery of pontifical documents; Taddeo, later Cardinal, Gaddi (1535), who obtained from Paul IV the privilege by which the cathedral canons of Cosenza wear the choir habit of the Vatican basilica; and Giuseppe Maria Sanfelice (1650), frequently charged by the Holy See with diplomatic missions.
In 1908, The diocese has a population of 159,500, with 109 parishes, 264 churches and chapels, 200 secular and 16 regular priests, 2 religious houses of men and 5 of women.
On April 4, 1979, the Archdiocese was united with the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano as Cosenza e Bisignano retaining the former Diocese of Bisignano with remainder renamed as the Diocese of San Marco Argentano-Scalea. On September 30, 1986, the Archdiocese was renamed to Cosenza-Bisignano and was elevated to a Metropolitan See on January 30, 2001.
- Basilica della Catena, Laurignano, Cosenza, Calabria
- Basilica of St. Francis of Paola, Paola, Cosenza, Calabria
- Sanctuary-Basilica of the Blessed Angelo of Acri, Cosenza, Cosenza, Calabria
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