Roman Catholic Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina
|Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina
|Area||1,185 km2 (458 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Cathedral||Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giovanni Battista (Cesena)|
|Co-cathedral||Concattedrale di SS. Annuniziata, S. Vicinio (Sarsina)|
|Emeritus Bishops||Lino Esterino Garavaglia, O.F.M. Cap.|
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina in Emilia Romagna was created on September 30, 1986, after the Diocese of Sarsina was united with the historic Diocese of Cesena as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia.
The current bishop of Cesena-Sarsina is Douglas Regattieri. He was appointed on October 8, 2010, after Bishop Antonio Lanfranchi was named Metropolitan Archbishop of Modena-Nonantola by Pope Benedict XVI.
Cesena was the ancient Cæsena. After the overthrow of the Ostrogoths it became a part of the exarchate. By the Donation of Pepin (752) it became a fief of the Holy See, which was confirmed in its possession by King Rudolph of Habsburg (1278).
In medieval times it was governed by various families, among them the Ordelaffi di Forli and the Malatesta, the latter being remembered for their justice and good government. After the death of Cesare Borgia, Cesena, with the rest of Romagna, acknowledged the immediate authority of the Holy See (1503).
Among its bishops were:
- Saint Maurus (d. 946);
- Gian Battista Acciaioli (1332), exiled by Francesco degli Ordelaffi;
- Gregorio Malesardi (1408), who built the cathedral;
- Jacopo (1379), under whom occurred the massacre ordered by the antipope Clement VII;
- the Dominican Vincenzo Maria Orsini, later Benedict XIII.