Roman Catholic Diocese of Pistoia

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Diocese of Pistoia
Dioecesis Pistoriensis
Pistoia Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Florence
Area 821 km2 (317 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
215,000 (98.8%)
Parishes 161
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Zenone
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante
Emeritus Bishops Mansueto Bianchi
Italy Tuscany Diocese map Pistoia.svg

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Pistoia (Latin: Dioecesis Pistoriensis) is located in the Province of Florence. It has existed since the third century. From 1653 to 1954, the historic diocese was the diocese of Pistoia and Prato. The Diocese of Prato has been separate from 1954.[1][2]

The diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Florence.


The name of Pistoia appears for the first time in history in connexion with the conspiracy of Catiline (62 BC), but it was only after the sixth century that it became important; it was governed, first, by its bishops, later by stewards of the Marquis of Tuscany. It was the first to establish its independence, after the death of Countess Matilda, and its municipal statutes were the most ancient of their kind in Italy.

Pistoia claims to have received the Gospel from St. Romulus, the first Bishop of Fiesole. The first mention of a Bishop of Pistoia is in 492, though the name of this prelate, like that of another Bishop of Pistoia, referred to in 516, is unknown.[contradictory]

In 1653, Prato was made a diocese, and united, œque principaliter,[jargon] with Pistoia; as early as 1409, Florence asked for the creation of a diocese at Prato, on account of the dissensions of the collegiate church of Prato with the Bishops of Pistoia; and in 1460, it had been made a prelatura nullius,[jargon] and given, as a rule, to some cardinal, in commendam.[jargon]


Diocese of Pistoia[edit]

Erected: 3rd Century
Latin Name: Pistoriensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Florence

Diocese of Pistoia e Prato[edit]

Name Changed: 22 September 1653
Latin Name: Pistoriensis et Pratensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Florence

  • Giovanni Gerini (1653–1656 Died)
  • Francesco Rinuccini (Ruccini) (1656–1678 Died)
  • Gherardo Gherardi (1679–1690 Died)
  • Leone Strozzi (archbishop), O.S.B.[3] (1690–1700 Appointed, Archbishop of Florence)
  • Francesco Frosini (1701–1702 Appointed, Archbishop of Pisa)
  • Michele Carlo Visdomini Cortigiani (1703–1713 Died)
  • Colombino Bassi, O.S.B. (1715–1732 Died)
  • Federico Alamanni (1732–1775 Died)
  • Giuseppe Ippoliti (1776–1780 Died)
  • Scipione de' Ricci[4] (1780–1791 Resigned)
  • Francesco Falchi Picchinesi (1791–1803 Died)
  • Francesco Toli (1803–1833 Died)
  • Angiolo Maria Gilardoni (1834–1835 Died)
  • Giovanni Battista Rossi (1837–1849 Died)
  • Leone Niccolai, O. Cart. (1849–1857 Died)
  • Enrico Bindi (1867–1871 Appointed, Archbishop of Siena)
  • Niccola Sozzifanti (1871–1883 Died)
  • Donato Velluti Zati di San Clemente (1883–1885 Resigned)
  • Marcello Mazzanti (1885–1908 Died)
  • Andrea Sarti (1909–1915 Died)
  • Gabriele Vettori (1915–1932 Appointed, Archbishop of Pisa)
  • Giuseppe Debernardi (1933–1953 Died)

Diocese of Pistoia[edit]

25 January 1954: Split into the Diocese of Pistoia and Diocese of Prato


  1. ^ "Diocese of Pistoia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Pistoiax" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  3. ^ Abbot of Vallombrosa, who founded the seminary of Pistoia
  4. ^ Ricci was famous on account of the Synod of Pistoia which he convened in 1786, and which Pope Pius VI afterwards condemned.



 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°37′00″N 16°09′00″E / 40.6167°N 16.1500°E / 40.6167; 16.1500