Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Avignon

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Archdiocese of Avignon
Archidioecesis Avenionensis
Archidiocèse d'Avignon
ND des Doms 1.jpg
Location
Country France
Ecclesiastical province Marseille
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Marseille
Statistics
Area 3,578 km2 (1,381 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
554,000
405,100 (73.1%)
Parishes 179
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame des Doms
Patron saint Notre-Dame
St Agricola of Avignon
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Jean-Pierre Cattenoz
Metropolitan Archbishop Georges Pontier
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Avignon is an Archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church, in France. The diocese exercises jurisdiction over the territory embraced by the department of Vaucluse, in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The current archbishop is Jean-Pierre Marie Cattenoz, who was appointed in 2002.

Established in the 4th century as the Diocese of Avignon, the diocese was elevated to an Archdiocese in 1475,[1] with the suffragan sees of the diocese of Carpentras, the diocese of Vaison, and the diocese of Cavaillon. By the Concordat of 1801 these three dioceses were united to Avignon, together with the diocese of Apt, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Aix. At the same time, however, Avignon was reduced to the rank of a bishopric and was made a suffragan see of Aix.[2]

The archdiocese of Avignon was re-established in 1822,[3] and received as suffragan sees the diocese of Viviers (restored in 1822); diocese of Valence (formerly under Lyon); diocese of Nîmes (restored in 1822); and diocese of Montpellier (formerly under Toulouse).

On 16 December 2002, the see [officially Archdiocese of Avignon (-Apt, Cavaillon, Carpentras, Orange, e Vaison)] lost its Metropolitan status and became instead a suffragan see of Marseille. In 2009 its name was changed to Archdiocese of Avignon, the secondary titles being suppressed.

History[edit]

There is no evidence that either Saint Rufus, disciple of Saint Paul (according to certain traditions the son of Simon of Cyrene) or Saint Justus, likewise held in high honour throughout the territory of Avignon, was venerated in antiquity as bishop of that see. The first bishop known to history is Nectarius, who took part in several councils about the middle of the fifth century. Saint Agricol (Agricolus), bishop between 650 and 700, is the patron saint of Avignon.

In 1475 Pope Sixtus IV raised the diocese of Avignon to the rank of an archbishopric, in favour of his nephew Giuliano della Rovere, who later became Pope Julius II.

Bishops[edit]

To 1000[edit]

  • 70: Saint Ruf
  • c. 96: Carus
  • c. 134: Ygilius
  • 202–219: Ebulus
  • 219–230: Johannes I
  • 230–257: Asterius
  • 257–264: Secundinus
  • 264–281: Saint Amat
  • 281–298: Coedicius
  • 298–324: Primus
  • 324–326: Frontinus
  • 326–329: Aventinus
  • 329–363: Regilius
  • 363–372: Antistius
  • 372–390: Justus
  • 390–414: Stephanus
  • 414–429: Johannes II.
  • 429–437: Debo
  • 437–449: Julius
  • 449–455: Maximus I
  • 455–464: Donatus
  • 464–475: Saturninus
  • 475–498: Elotherus
  • 498–516: Julianus
  • 516–523: Salutaris
  • 523–533: Eucherius
  • 533–548: Ermenius
  • 548–564: Antoninus
  • 564–587: Johannes III.
  • 587–595: Valeus
  • 595–627: Dynamius
  • 627–630: Saint Maximus II
  • 630–646: Edmond
  • 646–660: Saint Magne
  • 660–700: Saint Agricol
  • 700–720: Saint Veredème
  • 720–760: Johannes IV
  • 760–765: Alfons
  • 765–795: Joseph I
  • 795–796: Amicus
  • 796–822: Humbert
  • 822–835: Rémi I
  • 835–854: Fulcherius (I)
  • 854–860: Ragenutius
  • 860–878: Hilduin
  • 878–898: Ratfred
  • 898–911: Rémi II
  • 911–940: Foulques (or Fulcherius II)
  • 949–955: Florent
  • 955–976: Landry
  • 976–996: Vernerius
  • 996–1002: Lauderius

1000 to 1474[edit]

  • 1002–1005: Pierre I
  • 1005–1037: Heldebert
  • 1037–1038: Senioret
  • 1038–1050: Benedict I
  • 1050–1080: Rostaing I
  • 1080–1104: Albert
  • 1104–1110: Aubert
  • 1110–1126: Rostaing II
  • 1126–1146: Laugerius
  • 1146–1150: Maxime III (or Maximus)
  • 1150–1167: Geoffroy I
  • 1167–1171: Pierre I
  • 1171–1173: Pierre II
  • 1173–1174: Geoffroy II
  • 1174–1176: Raymond I
  • 1176–1179: Pontius
  • 1179–1180: Pierre II (again)
  • 1180–1197: Rostaing III de Marguerite
  • 1197–1209: Rostaing IV
  • 1209–1226: Guillaume I de Montelier
  • 1226–1227: Pierre III
  • 1227–1232: Nicolas
  • 1232–1233: Bermond
  • 1233–1234: Bertrand I
  • 1234–1238: Bernard I
  • 1238: Benedict II
  • 1238–1240: Bernard II
  • 1240–1261: Zoen Tencarari
  • 1261–1264: Etienne I
  • 1264–1268: Bertrand de Saint-Martin
  • 1268–1270: Robert I d'Uzès
  • 1270–1271: Jean I
  • 1271–1272: Raymond II
  • 1272–1287: Robert II
  • 1291–1300: André de Languiscel
  • 1300–1310: Bertrand III. Aymini
  • 1310: Guillaume II de Maudagot
  • 1310–1313: Jacques Duèze, later Pope John XXII
  • 1313–1317: Jacques II de Via
  • 1317–1334: John XXII (again)
  • 1335–1349: Jean II de Cojordan
  • 1349–1352: Clement VI
  • 1352–1362: Innocent VI
  • 1362–1366: Anglicus Grimoard
  • 1366–1367: Urban V
  • 1367–1368: Philippe de Cabassole
  • 1368–1373: Pierre IV d'Aigrefeuille
  • 1373–1391: Faydit d'Aigrefeuille
  • 1391–1394: Clement VII (antipope)
  • 1394–1398: Benedict XIII (antipope)
  • 1398–1406: Gilles de Bellamere
  • 1410–1412: Pierre V de Tourroye
  • 1412–1415: Simond de Cramaud
  • 1415–1419: Guy I de Roussillon-Bouchage
  • 1419–1422: Guy II Spifame
  • 1422–1432: Guy III de Roussillon-Bouchage
  • 1432–1438: Marc Condulmero
  • 1438–1474: Alain de Coëtivy

Archbishops[edit]

  • 1474–1503: Giuliano della Rovere (Archbishop from 1475)
  • 1504–1512: Antoine Florès
  • 1512–1517: Orlando Carretto della Rovere (Orland de Roure)
  • 1517–1535: Hippolyte de' Medici
  • 1535–1551: Alessandro Farnese the Younger
  • 1551–1562: Annibale Bozzuti (Annibal Buzzutto)
  • 1566–1576: Félicien Capitone
  • 1577–1585: Georges d'Armagnac
  • 1585–1592: Domenico Grimaldi
  • 1592–1597: François-Marie Thaurusi (Francesco Maria Tarugi)
  • 1598–1609: Jean-François Bordini
  • 1609–1624: Etienne II Dulci
  • 1624–1645: Marius Philonardi
  • 1645–1646: Bernard III Pinelli
  • 1647–1648: César Argelli
  • 1649–1669: Dominique de Marini
  • 1669–1672: Azzo Ariosto
  • 1673–1684: Hyacinthe Libelli
  • 1684–1689: Alexandre II Montecatini
  • 1691–1706: Laurent-Marie Fieschi
  • 1706–1717: François Maurice Gonteri (Gontier)
  • 1742–1756: Joseph II Guyon de Crochans
  • 1756–1774: François I Manzi
  • 1774–1790: Charles-Vincent Giovio
  • 1793–1794: François-Régis Rovère
  • 1798: François II Etienne
  • 1802–1817: Jean-François Périer
  • 1821–1830: Etienne-Parfait-Martin Maurel de Mons
  • 1831–1834: Louis-Joseph d'Humières
  • 1834–1842: Célestin Dupont (Jacques-Marie-Antoine-Célestin du Pont) (also Archbisop of Bourges)
  • 1842–1848: Paul Naudo
  • 1848–1863: Jean-Marie-Mathias Debelay
  • 1863–1880: Louis-Anne Dubreuil
Archbishop Jean-Pierre Cattenoz (left) and Dominique Rey


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ On 21 November 1475
  2. ^ On 29 November 1801
  3. ^ On 6 October 1822

Bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 


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