Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce

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Archdiocese of Lecce
Archidioecesis Lyciensis
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Lecce Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Lecce
Area 750 km2 (290 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
258,225 (98.9%)
Parishes 76
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1057 (959 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Domenico Umberto D’Ambrosio
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The Italian Catholic archdiocese of Lecce (Latin: Archidioecesis Lyciensis) in Apulia, southern Italy, has existed as a diocese since 1057. September 28, 1960 Pope John XXIII in the bull Cum a nobis separated the diocese of Lecce from the ecclesiastical province of Otranto and made immediately subject to the Holy See and October 20, 1980 Pope John Paul II in the bull Conferentia Episcopalis Apuliae erected the ecclesiastical province of Lecce therefore the Archdiocese of Otranto joins..[1][2]


It was known to the ancients as Lupiæ. In the time of the Normans, Lecce became the seat of a county, some of its counts being famous, notably Tancred of Lecce, who contested with Emperor Henry VI the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and Gautier de Brienne, cousin of Tancred.

A bishop of Lecce is first mentioned in 1057, in the person of Teodoro Bonsecolo. Other notable bishops were:

Bishops and Archbishops of Lecce[edit]


  • De Simone, Lecce e i suoi dintorni (Lecce, 1874)
  • Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia, XXI.


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Lecce" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lecce" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Tommaso Morganti" ' David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Curello Ciccaro" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Tommaso Ammirato, O.S.B." David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Antonio Ricci" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Antonio de' Tolomei" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Giacomo Piscicelli" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Antonio Acquaviva d'Aragona" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 30, 2016
  10. ^ "Bishop Scipione Spina " David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016

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. 

Coordinates: 40°21′07″N 18°10′09″E / 40.3520°N 18.1691°E / 40.3520; 18.1691