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 2013)
273,697 (99.7%)
Parishes 77
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1057 (960 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Secular priests 122 (diocesan)
58 (Religious Orders)
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. On September 28, 1960, in the bull Cum a nobis, Pope John XXIII separated the diocese of Lecce from the ecclesiastical province of Otranto and made it immediately subject to the Holy See. In the bull Conferentia Episcopalis Apuliae issued on October 20, 1980, Pope John Paul II erected the ecclesiastical province of Lecce, with the Archdiocese of Otranto becoming a suffragan diocese.[1][2]


Many years ago, Lecce was known as Lupiæ. Beginning circa 1060, Lecce became the seat of a county. One of its notable counts, Tancred of Lecce, contested Emperor Henry VI for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Another count was Gautier de Brienne, a cousin of Tancred.

Bishops and Archbishops of Lecce[edit]

  • Teodoro Bonsecolo (1057)
  • Roberto Vultorico (1214), who restored the cathedral;
  • Nicola Caputo de' Marchesi di Cerreto (21 Dec 1818 - 6 Nov 1862 Died)


  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. ^ founded the hospital and other institutions for children and the poor
  11. ^ "Bishop Scipione Spina " David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  12. ^ Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. pp. 134 and 220–221. 
  13. ^ "Bishop Luigi Pappacoda" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 27, 2017


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

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 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