Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio

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Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio
Archidioecesis Ferrariensis-Comaclensis
Cattedrale di San Giorgio a Ferrara.jpg
Cathedral in Ferrara
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bologna
Statistics
Area 3,138 km2 (1,212 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
279,000
274,400 (98.4%)
Parishes 171
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giorgio (Ferrara)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Cassiano Martire (Comacchio)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Luigi Negri
Emeritus Bishops Paolo Rabitti
Map
FerraraComacchio diocesi.png
Website
www.webdiocesi.chiesacattolica.it
Cathedral in Comacchio

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio (Latin: Archidioecesis Ferrariensis-Comaclensis) has existed since 1986, when the diocese of Comacchio was combined with the historical archdiocese of Ferrara. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bologna. Ferrara became an archdiocese, though without suffragans, in 1735. It was for a long period directly subject to the Holy See.[1]

History[edit]

The earliest bishop of certain date is Constantine, present at Rome in 861; St. Maurelius (patron of the city) must have lived before this time. Some think that the bishops of Ferrara are the successors to those of Voghenza (the ancient Vicus Haventia).

Other notable bishops were:

Up to 1717 the Archbishop of Ravenna claimed metropolitan rights over Ferrara; in 1735 Pope Clement XII raised the see to archiepiscopal rank, without suffragans.

Archbishops of Ferrara since 1746[edit]

  • Marcello Crescenzi (22 Aug 1746 - 24 Aug 1768)
  • Bernardino Giraud (15 Mar 1773 - 14 Feb 1777)
  • Alessandro Mattei (17 Feb 1777 - 2 Apr 1800)
  • Paolo Patricio Fava Ghisleri (24 Aug 1807 - 14 Aug 1822)
  • Carlo Odescalchi, S.J. (10 Mar 1823 - 2 Jul 1826)
  • Gabriele della Genga Sermattei (23 Jun 1834 - 13 Jan 1843)
  • Ignazio Giovanni Cadolino (30 Jan 1843 - 11 Apr 1850)
  • Luigi Vannicelli Casoni (20 May 1850 - 21 Apr 1877)
  • Luigi Giordani (22 Jun 1877 - 21 Apr 1893)
  • Egidio Mauri, O.P. (12 Jun 1893 - 13 Mar 1896)
  • Pietro Respighi (30 Nov 1896 - 9 Apr 1900)
  • Giulio Boschi (19 Apr 1900 - 7 Jan 1919)
  • Francesco Rossi (15 Dec 1919 - 25 Jul 1929)
  • Ruggero Bovelli (4 Oct 1929 - 9 Jun 1954)
  • Natale Mosconi (5 Aug 1954 - 21 Apr 1976)
  • Filippo Franceschi (15 Jul 1976 - 7 Jan 1982)
  • Luigi Maverna (25 Mar 1982 - 8 Sep 1995)
  • Carlo Caffarra (8 Sep 1995 - 16 Dec 2003)
  • Paolo Rabitti (2 Oct 2004 - 3 Dec 2012)
  • See vacant (3 Dec 2012 - 03 Mar 2013)
  • Luigi Negri (03 Mar 2013 - )

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.