Roman Catholic Diocese of Sant'Agata de' Goti
The former Italian Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Agata dei Goti was in the Province of Benevento, Southern Italy. It was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Benevento. In 1986 it was united into the Diocese of Cerreto Sannita-Telese-Sant’Agata de’ Goti.
The name Sant'Agata de' Goti of the see is derived possibly from a body of Goths who took refuge there after the battle of Vesuvius (552); the church of the Goths in Rome, too, was dedicated to St. Agatha. Besides the Saticulan inscriptions there are two Christian inscriptions of the sixth century. In 866 Emperor Louis II captured it from the Byzantines, who had taken it from the Duchy of Benevento.
In 1066 it fell into the hands of the Normans. It was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1456.
It had already been an episcopal see for a long time when the first bishop, Madelfridus, was appointed (970); a metrical epitaph of his successor, Adelardus, is preserved in the Church of the Misericordia. Other bishops were:
- Felice Peretti (1566), later Pope Sixtus V;
- Feliciano Ninguarda, O.P. (1583), visitor of the monasteries in Germany;
- Giulio Santucci (1595), a Conventual theologian;
- Filippo Albini (1699), a reformer;
- Alphonsus Liguori (1762–75).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Santa Agata dei Goti". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. The entry cites:
- Cappelletti, Le chiese d'Italia, XIX (Venice, 1870);
- Anon., Memorie istoriche della citta di S. Agata dei Goti (Naples, 1841).
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