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]

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.

In 1653, Prato was made a diocese, and united, œque principaliter, 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, and given, as a rule, to some cardinal, in commendam.


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.

The first historically known bishop is Joannes (700). Others were:


  • Cappelletti, Le Chiesa d'Italia, XVII
  • Rosati, Memorie per servire alla storia des vescovi di Pistoia


  1. ^ Prato (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 40°37′00″N 16°09′00″E / 40.6167°N 16.1500°E / 40.6167; 16.1500