Diocese of Arcadiopolis

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The Diocese of Arcadiopolis (modern Lüleburgaz in European Turkey) was an ecclesiastical diocese established in the 5th century and extant until the 14th century.

The see is first mentioned in the Council of Ephesus in 431, when Bishop Euprepius held the joint episcopacy of Bizye and Arcadiopolis. The same arrangement is attested in the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The two cities probably did not become separate bishoprics until the end of the century.[1][2] Arcadiopolis was originally a suffragan of Heraclea in Europa, metropolitan see and capital of the Roman province of Europa, but became an autocephalous archbishopric by the late 9th century, and eventually a metropolitan see probably during the reign of Isaac II Angelos (r. 1185–95).[1][2] Of its bishops, Lucianus was at the Council of Chalcedon (451), Sabbatius at the Second Council of Constantinople (553), John at the Second Council of Nicaea (787), and Basil at the Photian Council of Constantinople (879). Bishop Peter is known from his seal dated to the 9th/10th centuries, and an archbishop John signed the decree against the Jacobites in 1032.[2]

Following the Fourth Crusade and for the duration of Latin rule, a Roman Catholic episcopal see (Archadopolitanum) was erected alongside the existing Greek Orthodox metropolis, as a suffragan of the Catholic Archbishop of Heraclea.[2] The see declined quickly thereafter: under Andronikos II Palaiologos (r. 1282–1328) the metropolis fell to 101st place, rising to 86th under Andronikos III Palaiologos (r. 1328–41).[2] A metropolitan Malachias is attested in April 1329, but following the town's conquest by the Ottoman Turks later in the century the see fell vacant and was abandoned.[2]

Arcadiopolis is still listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[3] Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the Society of St. Pius X, was one of its titular bishops.[4]


  1. ^ a b Raymond Janin, La hiérarchie ecclésiastique dans le diocèse de Thrace, in Revue des études byzantines, vol. 17, 1959, pp. 146-149.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Külzer, Andreas (2008). Tabula Imperii Byzantini: Band 12, Ostthrakien (Eurōpē) (in German). Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. pp. 265–266. ISBN 978-3-7001-3945-4. 
  3. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 837
  4. ^ Listing on Catholic-hierachy.org