Roman Catholic Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina

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Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina
Dioecesis Caesenatensis-Sarsinatensis
Duomo di San Giovanni Battista.jpg
Cesena Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Ravenna-Cervia
Area 1,185 km2 (458 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
160,000 (95.8%)
Parishes 101
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1st century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giovanni Battista (Cesena)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di SS. Annuniziata, S. Vicinio (Sarsina)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Douglas Regattieri
Emeritus Bishops Lino Esterino Garavaglia, O.F.M. Cap.
Co-Cathedral in Sarsina

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.[1][2]

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:


Diocese of Cesena[edit]

Erected: 1st Century
Latin Name: Caesenatensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Ravenna

Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina[edit]

30 September 1986: United with the Diocese of Sarsina to form the Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina

  • Lino Esterino Garavaglia, O.F.M. Cap. (25 Mar 1991 - 3 Dec 2003 Retired)
  • Antonio Lanfranchi (3 Dec 2003 - 27 Jan 2010 Appointed, Archbishop of Modena-Nonantola)
  • Douglas Regattieri (8 Oct 2010 - )


  1. ^ "Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Cesena-Sarsina" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ "Patriarch Cristoforo Spiriti" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 28, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Camillo Gualandi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016

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