Roman Catholic Diocese of Adria-Rovigo
|Diocese of Adria-Rovigo
|Area||1,193 km2 (461 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||Cattedrale di SS. Pietro e Paolo (Adria)|
|Co-cathedral||Concattedrale di S. Stefano Papa e Martire (Rovigo)|
|Bishop||Lucio Soravito de Franceschi|
Tradition dates the preaching of the Gospel in Adria from the days of Saint Apollinaris, himself consecrated bishop by Saint Peter. The figure of this Bishop of Ravenna has a singular importance in the hagiographical legends of the northeast of Italy. Even if Emilia, Romagna and the territory around Venice were Christianized and had bishops (the two facts are concomitant) before Piedmont, for example, their conversion does not go back beyond the end of the second century.
The first known bishop of Adria is Gallonistus, who was present at a synod in Rome (649) under Pope Martin I (Mansi, XII). The Venerable Bede's Martyrology mentions a Saint Colianus, Bishop of Adria, but nothing is known about him. Amongst the bishops of Adria is the Blessed Aldobrandinus of Este (1248-1352).
Sources and references
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 
- Zattoni, Il valore storico della Passio di S. Apollinare e la fondazione dell episcopato a Ravenna e in Romagna, in the "Rivista storico-critica delle scienze teologiche", I, 10 and II, 3.
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