Roman Catholic Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi

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Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi
Dioecesis Melphictensis-Rubensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis
Molfetta - Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.JPG
Cathedral in Molfetta
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Area 422 km2 (163 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
134,734 (99.1%)
Parishes 36
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 12th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Ruvo)
Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Giovinazzo)
Concattedrale di S. Michele Arcangelo (Terlizzi)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Luigi Martella

The diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi (Latin: Dioecesis Melphictensis-Rubensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Apulia, southern Italy, which was established in 1986, when the diocese of Molfetta-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi was united with the diocese of Ruvo. The historical diocese of Molfetta was expanded in 1818. The current diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[1]


The first bishop of Molfetta of whom there is any record was John, whose incumbency is referred to the year 1136. The see was at first suffragan of Bari, but in 1484 it became immediately dependent upon Rome. In 1818, it was enlarged with the territory of the suppressed diocese of Giovinazzo and diocese of Terlizzi, which were re-established in 1835, remaining united, œque principaliter.[2]


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article, Diocese of Molfetta, Terlizzi, and Giovinazzo

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


Co-cathedrals: Co-cathedral in Ruvo (left) Co-cathedral in Giovinazzo (center) Co-cathedral in Terlizzi (right)

Coordinates: 41°12′00″N 16°36′00″E / 41.2000°N 16.6000°E / 41.2000; 16.6000