Roman Catholic Diocese of Vittorio Veneto

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Diocese of Vittorio Veneto
Dioecesis Victoriensis Venetorum
Vittorio Veneto Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Venice
Area 1,420 km2 (550 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
335,500 (92%)
Parishes 162
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Corrado Pizziolo
Emeritus Bishops Alfredo Magarotto
Roman Catholic Diocese of Vittorio Veneto in Italy.svg

The Diocese of Vittorio Veneto (Latin: Dioecesis Victoriensis Venetorum) is a Roman Catholic diocese in northern Italy, with capital in Vittorio Veneto. It was historically known as Diocese of Ceneda, the name being changed in 1939.[1][2]

Ceneda began as a suffragan of the patriarchate of Aquileia until the latter's suppression in 1751. From 1752 until 1818 Ceneda was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Udine. Since 1818 Ceneda has been in the ecclesiastical province headed by the Patriarchate of Venice.


The city of Vittorio Veneto includes the town of Ceneda which in ancient times was a castrum known as Ceneta and poetically as Acedum. The city is situated in the province of Treviso, just north of Conegliano.

It was pillaged by Attila the Hun in 452, and a century later by Totila. After 568, during the domination of the Lombards, it was governed by a duke and then a count. Still later it became part of the marquisate of Treviso.

The Gospel is said to have been preached in the region in the first century by St. Fortunatus, deacon of bishop St. Hermagoras of Aquileia. Attesting to the presence of Christianity is one of the earliest pieve of the diocese,[jargon] Sant'Andrea di Bigonzo, which dates from the fourth century.

However, the historical beginning of episcopal see of Ceneda is uncertain. There may have been a bishop present in Ceneda very soon after the Lombard conquest. The first reputed bishop seems to have been Vindemius who was present in 579 at the Synod of Grado which continued the Schism of the Three Chapters. In 680, it seems that a bishop Ursinus was present at the Council of Rome convened against the Monothelites. However, the diocese does not seem to have been officially organized until 685 when the Lombard duke Grumoaldo assigned to the bishop of Ceneda a large part of the territory that had formerly been under the care of Oderzo to counter the claims of Oderzo's bishop in exile. Oderzo had, in fact, been destroyed by the Lombards in 667 and its Oderzo sought refuge with the Byzantines in the Venetian lagoon. Significantly, the patron saint of the diocese is actually a bishop of Oderzo, Titianus, whose body is said to have miraculously been carried up the Livenza River against the current and to have come to rest at the site of the present cathedral after being carried in a cart by a donkey.

From 994 the bishop of that city became also its temporal lord, even after it was politically incorporated into the Republic of Venice in 1389.[3] In 1447 and in 1514 bishops Francesco and Oliviero gave the republic civil investiture of the territory of Ceneda, reserving for themselves and their successors (until about 1768) authority over the city and a few villas.

Among its bishops have been: Azzo (1140); Sigifredo (1170), during whose time there were many conflicts between Ceneda and the neighbouring towns; Antonion Correr (1409); Lorenzo da Ponte (1739), the last bishop to exercise temporal power, and Albino Luciani (1958–1969) who became pope John Paul I in 1978.


Within the confines of the diocese is the Basilica of Motta di Livenza, built near the spot where Giovanni Cigana reported the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him on March 9, 1510 during his praying of the rosary. She asked him and the inhabitants of the area to fast as an act of repentance for sin for at least three consecutive Saturdays, pray to God for mercy, and to build a basilica on the site so that people could come for prayer. The Marian apparition was subsequently investigated and proclaimed worthy of belief by pope Julius II.

Diocesan patrons[edit]

  • San Tiziano - feast day January 16.
  • Sant'Augusta di Serravalle - feast day August 27; March 27 in the Roman Martyrology


Diocese of Ceneda[edit]

Erected: 6th Century
Latin Name: Cenetensis
Metropolitan: Patriarchate of Venice Some series begin with:

Coterminously Bishops of Ceneda and Counts of Ceneda:

from 950 to 1300[edit]

from 1300 to 1600[edit]

from 1600 to 1786[edit]

from 1786 to 1939[edit]

Bishop Luciani

Diocese of Vittorio Veneto[edit]

Name Changed: 13 May 1939
Latin Name: Victoriensis Venetorum
Metropolitan: Patriarchate of Venice


  1. ^ "Diocese of Vittorio Veneto" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "Diocese of Vittorio Veneto" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Jaska Kainulainen (2014). Paolo Sarpi: A Servant of God and State. Boston-Leiden: Brill. pp. 216–219. ISBN 978-90-04-26674-2. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Giorgio Torti" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Marco Porri" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Pietro Marcelli" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Antonio Correr, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Marco Giustiniani" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  9. ^ Giuseppe Baraldi; Giorgio Maria Vedoa (1829). Notizia biografica di monsignor Marco Zaguri vescovo di Ceneda poi di Vicenza (in Italian). Venezia: Adamo Comoretto. 

Books and articles[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Benigni, Umberto. "Ceneda." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 3. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. p. 519. Retrieved:2016-09-30.

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