Roman Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa

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Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusina
Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Cattedrale Melfi.jpg
Melfi Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo
Area 1,316 km2 (508 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
89,000 (98.9%)
Parishes 32
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 11th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Melfi)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Andrea (Venosa)
Concattedrale di S. Michele Arcangelo (Rapolla)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco, P.O.C.R.
Emeritus Bishops Vincenzo Cozzi
Co-cathedral in Venosa

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa (Latin: Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusina, Italian: Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa) is in Basilicata, southern Italy. In 1986 the historic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla was united with the Diocese of Venosa. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo.[1][2] The Abbey of the Santissima Trinità at Venosa comes under the Diocese.


Pope Nicholas II made the diocese of Melfi immediately dependent on the Holy See; its first bishop was Baldwin. Its cathedral, a work of Roger Borsa,[3] son of Robert Guiscard (1155), was destroyed by the earthquake of 1851.

Among its bishops was the theologian Alessandro de San Elpidio, a former general of the Augustinians (1328). In 1528, Clement VII, in view of the scarcity of its revenues, united the Diocese of Rapolla to that of Melfi, "aeque principaliter".[4]


Diocese of Melfi[edit]

Latin Name: Melphiensis
Erected: 11th Century


Diocese of Melfi e Rapolla[edit]

Latin Name: Melphiensis et Rapollensis
United: 16 May 1528 with Diocese of Rapolla

Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa[edit]

Latin Name: Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusinus
United: 30 September 1986 with Diocese of Venosa


  1. ^ "Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 29, 2016
  3. ^ MELFI - Online Information article about MELFI
  4. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  5. ^ "Bishop Gaspare Cenci" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Placido della Marra" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ a b c d e Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus (1952). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. Patavii: Messagero di S. Antonio. pp. 264–265.  (in Latin)

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