Roman Catholic Diocese of Adria-Rovigo

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Diocese of Adria-Rovigo
Dioecesis Adriensis-Rhodigiensis
Duomo (Adria).jpg
Adria Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Venice
Area 1,193 km2 (461 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
202,069 (99%)
Parishes 109
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 7th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di SS. Pietro e Paolo (Adria)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Stefano Papa e Martire (Rovigo)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Lucio Soravito de Franceschi
Roman Catholic Diocese of Adria-Rovigo in Italy.svg
Co-cathedral in Rovigo

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Adria-Rovigo (Latin: Dioecesis Adriensis-Rhodigiensis), in the Triveneto, has existed under this name since 1986. It is suffragan to the patriarchate of Venice.[1]

Its territory comprises roughly the northeastern Italian Province of Rovigo (Rovigo itself is not an episcopal see), and a part of one town in the Province of Padua.

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

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).


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Sources and references[edit]

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.  [1]
  • 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.


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page

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Coordinates: 45°03′00″N 12°03′00″E / 45.0500°N 12.0500°E / 45.0500; 12.0500