Roman Catholic Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli
|Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli
Cathedral in Conversano
|Area||1,099 km2 (424 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta|
|Co-cathedral||Basilica Cattedrale di Maria SS. della Mactia|
The Italian Roman Catholic diocese of Conversano-Monopoli (Latin: Dioecesis Conversanensis-Monopolitanus), in Apulia, has existed since 1986, when the diocese of Monopoli was united with the historic diocese of Conversano. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.
Conversano is the ancient Cupersanum. After the invasion of the Normans, it was for a while the seat of a duchy; later, however, it became a fief of the dukes of Atri. The first bishop whose date is certain was Hilarius, present at the Roman synod of 501. Local tradition, however, preserves the name of a previous bishop, Simplicius, who died in 492.
No other names are recorded up to the episcopate of Leo, mentioned in a document of 1088. Other bishops were:
- the Cistercian Stefano (c. 1266);
- Giovanni de Gropi (c. 1283);
- Antonio Guidotti (d. 1433);
- Paolo de Torcoli (d. 1482);
- Romolo de' Valenti (d. 1579);
- Giuseppe Palermo, appointed 1658;
- Andrea Brancaccia (1681).