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Roman Catholic Suburbicarian Diocese of Sabina–Poggio Mirteto

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Suburbicarian Diocese of Sabina–Poggio Mirteto

Cathedral in Poggio Mirteto
Ecclesiastical provinceRome
Area918 km2 (354 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
182,478 (92.7%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5th century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Poggio Mirteto)
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di S. Liberatore Vescovo e Martire (Magliano Sabina)
Secular priests77 (diocesan)
29 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
BishopErnesto Mandara

The Diocese of Sabina–Poggio Mirteto is a Latin suburbicarian see of the Holy Roman Church (which means it carries the rare rank of cardinal-bishop) and a diocese of the Catholic Church in Italy in the Roman province of the Pope.



Sabina has been the seat of such a bishopric since the 6th century, though the earliest names in the list of bishops may be apocryphal.

The ancient cathedral of San Salvatore of Sabina was located in Forum Novum (Vescovio).

The official papal province of Sabina was established under Pope Paul V in 1605.

Since 1842 the Cardinal Bishop of Sabina has also borne the title of Territorial Abbot of Farfa.

Poggio Mirteto[edit]

The Diocese of Poggio Mirteto, in central Italia region Lazio's Province of Rieti (formerly in the province of Perugia), was a Latin bishopric from 1841 until its merger in to the Diocese of Sabina in 1925.[1] Poggio Mirteto was previously under the jurisdiction of the Territorial Abbey of Farfa, which later passed to the Diocese of Sabina.

The diocese of Poggio Mirteto was established on November 25, 1841 from territory split off from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rieti, the Diocese of Sabina and the suppressed Territorial Abbacy of San Salvatore Maggiore,[2] whose old collegiate church became the cathedral, and a diocesan seminary was established.

The diocese had in the early 20th century 38 parishes, with 32,600 inhabitants, 2 religious houses of men and 8 of sisters, under whose direction were the schools for girls in several communes.

Sabina–Poggio Mirteto[edit]

Since 1925 (1925.06.03), the cardinalitial suburbicarian see of Sabina has been united to that of Poggio Mirteto, and has been officially named Sabina e Poggio Mirteto, since 1986 Sabina–Poggio Mirteto. Some of territory of Poggio Mirteto was returned to the other mother-bishopric, the Diocese of Rieti.

The current Cardinal-Bishop is Giovanni Battista Re, while the Ordinary of the Diocese is Bishop Ernesto Mandara.

Cardinal-bishops of Sabina[edit]

If ?, century or c. is given, exact years or dates have not yet been found for his tenure.

To 1000[edit]

  • Mariano (721)
  • Pietro (778 to before 799)
  • Issa (or Jesse) (799 to before 804)
  • Teodoro (804 to before 826)
  • Samuele (826 before 853)
  • Sergio (853–868, or before 879)
  • Leone (879 to before 928)
  • Gregorio (928 to before 948)
  • Anastasio (948 to before 963)
  • Giovanni (963to before 984)
  • Giovanni (984 to before 993)
  • Domenico (993)
  • Benedetto (999)
  • Rainiero (999–1011)

1000 to 1300[edit]




Episcopal ordinaries of Poggio Mirteto[edit]

The first bishop was Nicolo Crispigni.[14] The last was Cardinal Gaetano de Lai.

Bishops of Poggio Mirteto

Cardinal-bishops of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto[edit]


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  2. ^ "Notes on the history of the Diocese of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto", Den katolske kirke, September 8, 2004
  3. ^ Source for the period 1011-1130: Rudolf Hüls, Kardinäle, Klerus und Kirchen Roms: 1049–1130, Bibliothek des Deutschen Historischen Instituts in Rom 1977, p. 125-129
  4. ^ Hüls, p. 3-4; Hans Walter Klewitz, Reformpapsttum und Kardinalkolleg, Darmstadt 1957, p. 34-35.
  5. ^ Sources for the period 1130-1200: Johannes M. Brixius, Die Mitglieder des Kardinalskollegiums von 1130-1181, Berlin 1912, p. 135; Barbara Zenker, Die Mitglieder des Kardinalskollegiums von 1130 bis 1159, Würzburg 1964, p. 46-51
  6. ^ The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church – Suburbicarian Dioceses and Cardinal Patriarchs of Oriental Rite
  7. ^ (1560–1561)
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  10. ^ Wilhelm Molitor (1882). Cardinal Reisach (in German). Würzburg: Woerl.
  11. ^ David I. Kertzer (2006). Prisoner of the Vatican: The Popes, the Kings, and Garibaldi's Rebels in the Struggle to Rule Modern Italy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 92, 148, 165–167. ISBN 0-618-61919-4. G. Martina, "La confutazione di Luigi Bilio ai discorsi di Montalembert a Malines nell'agosto 1863. Un passo decisivo verso il Sillabo. Un momento significativo nella storia della toleranza" in: T. Heydenreich, ed. Pius IX. und der Kirchenstaat (Erlangen 1995), 55-69.
  12. ^ John F. Pollard (2005). Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican, 1850-1950. Cambridge University Press. pp. 68–69. ISBN 978-0-521-81204-7.
  13. ^ Harris M. Lentz (2009). Popes and Cardinals of the 20th Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson NC USA: McFarland. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-4766-2155-5.
  14. ^ Benigni, Umberto (1911). "Diocese of Poggio Mirteto" . Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12.
  15. ^ Lentz, pp, 167-168.
  16. ^ Lentz, p. 17.4
  17. ^ Lentz, p. 126.
  18. ^ Giuseppe Antonio Cardinal Ferretto [Catholic-Hierarchy]
  19. ^ Martin Bräuer (2014). Handbuch der Kardinäle: 1846-2012 (in German). Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 1941–1942. ISBN 978-3-11-026947-5.
  20. ^ Martin Bräuer (2014). Handbuch der Kardinäle: 1846-2012 (in German). Berlin: De Gruyter. p. 1996. ISBN 978-3-11-026947-5.


  • Kehr, Paul Fridolin (1907). Italia pontificia (in Latin). Vol. II: Latium. Berlin: Apud Weidmannos. pp. 53–74.

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