Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo

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Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo

Archidioecesis Sipontina–Vestana–Sancti Ioannis Rotundi
Cathedral of Manfredonia
Ecclesiastical provinceFoggia–Bovino
Area1,665 km2 (643 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2019)
150,600 (guess) (99.1%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established3rd Century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Lorenzo Maiorano (Manfredonia)
Co-cathedralBasilica Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Assunta in cielo (Vieste)
Secular priests71 (diocesan)
51 (Religious Orders)
4 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
ArchbishopFranco Moscone
Locator map of diocese of Manfredonia
Archdiocese of Manfredonia (in Italian)
Co-cathedral in Vieste

The Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo (Latin: Archidioecesis Sipontina–Vestana–Sancti Ioannis Rotundi) is a Latin Church non-Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in the civil province of Foggia, in Apulia, south-eastern Italy,[1] which is part the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino[2]

The historic Archdiocese of Siponto (precursor in a present suburb of Manfredonia) was elevated from the status of diocese in 1074. At that time it was known after its see, Siponto, and Sipontina persisted as its Latin name. The present complex title reflects several mergers, part of a complex history before and after the see transfer in 1230.


Pope Eugenius III (1145–1153) confirmed that the diocese of Viesti was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Siponto.[3]

In 1223, a major earthquake centered on Monte Gargano destroyed nearly every building in Siponto. The tremors continued for another two years, until, by 1225, everything was in ruins.[4]

In 1250, Manfred of Sicily found it necessary to rebuild Siponto in a new nearby location, only four miles away, which he named Manfredonia. The archiepiscopal see was transferred and renamed after it as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manfredonia, yet kept its Latin adjective Sipontin(us). Manfred had been excommunicated both by Pope Innocent IV and by Pope Alexander IV, and the papacy did not care to memorialize his name.[5]


Among the archbishops were Matteo Orsini (1327), later cardinal; Cardinal Bessarione (1447), administrator; Niccolò Perotti (1458), a Greek scholar and theologian; Giovanni del Monte (1512), later Pope Julius III; Domenico Ginnasio (1586), who suppressed the use of the Greek Rite at the high altar of the cathedral of Sipontum, a custom which had been observed until his time; Antonio Marcello (1643), who founded the seminary and restored the cathedral destroyed by the Ottoman Turks in 1620; Cardinal Vincenzo Orsini (1675), who became Benedict XIII (1724–1730).

In 1627, a major earthquake in the region of Gargano caused a tsunami which inundated the coastline of Apulia, including the city of Manfredonia.[6]

A major earthquake struck the area of Monte Gargano on 31 May 1646. More than 200 persons died on the peninsula, including 85 at Vieste, and hundreds of houses were ruined, as well as the castle and bell tower in Vieste. In Manfredonia, only five houses were destroyed and 15 persons died. The convent of the Observant Franciscans just outside the city walls, which was being rebuilt following the Turkish depredations of 1620, was completely ruined.[7]

Reorganization of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, 1818[edit]

Following the extinction of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, the Congress of Vienna authorized the restoration of the Papal States and the Kingdom of The Two Sicilies (Naples). Since the French occupation had seen the abolition of many Church institutions in the Kingdom, as well as the confiscation of much Church property and resources, it was imperative that Pope Pius VII and King Ferdinand IV reach agreement on restoration and restitution.

A concordat was finally signed on 16 February 1818, and ratified by Pius VII on 25 February 1818. Ferdinand issued the concordat as a law on 21 March 1818.[8] The right of the king to nominate the candidate for a vacant bishopric was recognized, as in the Concordat of 1741, subject to papal confirmation (preconisation).[9] On 27 June 1818, Pius VII issued the bull De Ulteriore, in which he reestablished the metropolitan archbishopric of Siponto (Manfredonia), but with no suffragan dioceses at all. The diocese of Viesti was given to the archbishop of Siponto in "perpetual administratorship".[10]

On 30 April 1979, Pope John Paul II undertook the reorganization of the dioceses of the region of Apulia. The diocese of Foggia was promoted to the status of metropolitan archbishopric, and the metropolitan archdiocese of Siponto was abolished. Foggia became an ecclesiastical province; its suffragans were to be Siponto (which retained the dignity of an archiepiscopal seat); Troia (which had been immediately subject to the Holy See); Asculum et Ceriniola, Bovinum, Lucerina, and San Severo (which had been suffragans of the archdiocese of Benevento); and Vieste (which had been a suffragan of Siponto, and became an independent diocese again).[11]

Diocesan Reorganization[edit]

Following the Second Vatican Council, and in accordance with the norms laid out in the council's decree, Christus Dominus chapter 40,[12] Pope Paul VI ordered a reorganization of the ecclesiastical provinces in southern Italy. Pope Paul VI ordered consultations among the members of the Congregation of Bishops in the Vatican Curia, the Italian Bishops Conference, and the various dioceses concerned.

On 18 February 1984, the Vatican and the Italian State signed a new and revised concordat. Based on the revisions, a set of Normae was issued on 15 November 1984, which was accompanied in the next year, on 3 June 1985, by enabling legislation. According to the agreement, the practice of having one bishop govern two separate dioceses at the same time, aeque personaliter, was abolished. The Vatican continued consultations which had begun under Pope John XXIII for the merging of small dioceses, especially those with personnel and financial problems, into one combined diocese.

On 30 September 1986, Pope John Paul II ordered that the dioceses of Siponto and Viesti be merged into one diocese with one bishop, with the Latin title Archidioecesis Sipontina-Vestana. The seat of the diocese was to be in Manfredonia, and its cathedral was to serve as the cathedral of the merged diocese. The cathedral in Viesti was to have the honorary titles of "co-cathedral"; the cathedral Chapter was to be a Capitulum Concathedralis. There was to be only one diocesan Tribunal, in Manfredonia, and likewise one seminary, one College of Consultors, and one Priests' Council. The territory of the new diocese was to include the territory of the suppressed dioceses of Viesti. The town of Rignano Garganico, however, was detached from the diocese, and assigned to the diocese of S. Severo.[13]

On 6 December 2002, the archdiocese was again renamed. By order of Pope John Paul II, it became Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo / Sipontina-Vestana-Sancti Ioannis Rotundi (Latin). The stated reason for the change was the desire to honor S. Pius of Pietrelcina, who had founded a hospital for the suffering (Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza) in the city of San Giovanni Rotundo.[14]


The medieval cathedral, damaged many times by earthquakes, survived until the Turkish invasion of 1620. At that time, the entire city was sacked and put to the torch, and the cathedral completely destroyed.[15] The new cathedral of the archiepiscopal see, whose reconstruction began under Archbishop Antonio Marullo (1643–1648),[16] is the Cathedral of Saint Laurence, dedicated to Laurence of Siponto.

The archdiocese also has:


Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio (1562–1573) held a provincial synod in January 1567, in Manfredonia.[20] Archbishop Bernardino Buratti (1623–1628) held diocesan synods in 1624 and 1627.[21] Cardinal Vincenzo Maria (Pietro Francesco) Orsini de Gravina, O.P. (1675–1680) presided over a diocesan synod in 1678.[22]

Archbishop Tommaso Maria Francone, C.R. (1777–1799) presided over a diocesan synod on 11–12 May 1784.[23]

Archbishops of Siponto[edit]

  • Albertus, Benedictine Order (O.S.B.) (1100 – 1116)[24]
  • Gregorius, O.S.B. (1116 – 1117.09.21)[25]
  • Leo (1118 – 1130?)[26]
  • Willelmus (attested 1120–1124)[27]
  • Sergio Freccia (1130? – 1140?)
  • Guglielmo (1140? – 1155?)[28]
  • Goffridus (1155 – 1166)[29]
  • Gerardus (1170 – death 1175)[30]
  • ?Gerardus II (1175 – 1179?)[31]
  • Johannes (1184 – death 1195)[32]
  • Hugo (1195 – 1216?)[33]
  • Albertus (1219? – ?)[34]

Metropolitan Archbishops of Siponto (Manfredonia)[edit]

From 1230 to 1500[edit]

  • Ruggero (attested 1219 – 1263?)[35]
  • Jacobus Falconarius (attested 1259 – 1269)[36]
  • Giovanni Freccia (attested 1277–1283)[37]
  • Andrea De China (1291.12.05 – death 1301)
  • Gregorio de Montelongo (1301.09.01 – death 1302.01)
  • Leonardo Mancini (1302.02.09 – death 1326)[38]
  • Matteo Orsini, O.P. (1327) [39]
  • Bartolommeo (1328 – 1330)[40]
  • Sassus Judicis Leonis (1330 – 1343)[41]
  • Petrus, O.Min. (1343 – 1351)[42]
  • Franciscus Crispi da Messana, 0.E.S.A. (1351 – 1354)[43]
  • Marinus (1354 – 1361)[44]
  • Philippus (Feolus) (1361 – 1375)[45]
  • Petrus, O.Carm. (1375 – 1381) Avignon Obedience[46]
  • Johannes (1381 – 1386) Roman Obedience[47]
  • Johannes (1386 – 1398) Roman Obedience[48]
  • Nicolaus (1398 – 1402) Roman Obedience[49]
  • Nicolaus (1402 – 1410) Roman Obedience[50]
  • Laurentius (1410 – 1414?)[51]
  • Paolo di Segni (1414–1419)[52]

from 1500 to 1818[edit]

Sede vacante (1807 – 1818)[78]

Archbishops of Manfredonia e Vieste[edit]

United: 27 June 1818 with the Diocese of Vieste
  • Eustachio Dentice, C.R. (6 April 1818 Confirmed – 1830 Died)
  • Vitangelo Salvemini (2 July 1832 Confirmed – 13 May 1854 Died)
  • Vincenzo Taglialatela (Tagliatela) (23 June 1854 – 7 Dec 1879 Retired)
  • Beniamino Feuli (27 Feb 1880 – 19 Jan 1884 Died)
  • Federico Pizza (24 March 1884 – 19 April 1897 Resigned)
  • Pasquale Gagliardi (19 April 1897 – 1 Oct 1929 Resigned)
  • Andrea Cesarano (30 June 1931 – 20 Dec 1969 Died)
  • Valentino Vailati (25 May 1970 – 2 June 1990 Retired)

Archbishops of Manfredonia-Vieste[edit]

30 September 1986: Name Changed

  • Vincenzo D'Addario (2 June 1990 – 2002)[79]

Archbishops of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo[edit]

6 December 2002: Name Changed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Kehr IX, p. 237, no. 18.
  4. ^ Mario Baratta (1901). I terremoti d'Italia [Earthquakes in Italy] (in Italian). Turin: Fratelli Bocca. pp. 31–32. De Martini PM, Burrato P, Pantosti D, Maramai A, Graziani L, Abramson H. Identification of tsunami deposits and liquefaction features in the Gargano area (Italy): paleoseismological implication. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2003Dec.25 [cited 2022Nov.1];46(5). Available from: "The 1223 shock hit the southeast coastline between Siponto and Vieste causing severe damage to both towns."
  5. ^ Donald Matthew (1992), The Norman Kingdom of Sicily (Cambridge UP 1992), pp.363-369, esp. p. 367.
  6. ^ De Martini PM, Burrato P, Pantosti D, Maramai A, Graziani L, Abramson H. Identification of tsunami deposits and liquefaction features in the Gargano area (Italy): paleoseismological implication. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2003Dec.25 [cited 2022Nov.1];46(5). Available from: At p. 888–889: "...the 1627 contemporary chronicles clearly state that the July 30 earthquake produced a tsunami wave that flooded the northern coast of the Gargano promontory and the Manfredonia harbor to the east, along with liquefaction features over a wide area."
  7. ^ Baratta, pp. 136, 806.
  8. ^ F. Torelli (1848), La chiave del concordato dell'anno 1818 I, second edition (Naples: Fibreno 1848), pp. 1-19.
  9. ^ Torelli I, p. 9.
  10. ^ Bulliarii Romani Continuatio Tomus 25 (Rome 1853), p. 58, § 11: "Ecclesia archiepiscopalis Sypontina nullam quidem habebit suffraganeam, hodierno tamen ac prò tempore existenti Sypontino antistiti episcopalis ecclesiae Vestanae administrationem perpetuo tribuimus, ac Sypontinum archiepiscopum et Vestanae episcopalis ecclesiae administratorem in posterum nuncupari decernimus.."
  11. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 71 (Città del Vaticano 1979), pp. 563–564: "...Vestana, quae usque ad praesens suffraganea erat metropolitanae Ecclesiae Sipontinae."
  12. ^ Christus Dominus 40. Therefore, in order to accomplish these aims this sacred synod decrees as follows: 1) The boundaries of ecclesiastical provinces are to be submitted to an early review and the rights and privileges of metropolitans are to be defined by new and suitable norms. 2) As a general rule all dioceses and other territorial divisions that are by law equivalent to dioceses should be attached to an ecclesiastical province. Therefore dioceses which are now directly subject to the Apostolic See and which are not united to any other are either to be brought together to form a new ecclesiastical province, if that be possible, or else attached to that province which is nearer or more convenient. They are to be made subject to the metropolitan jurisdiction of the bishop, in keeping with the norms of the common law. 3) Wherever advantageous, ecclesiastical provinces should be grouped into ecclesiastical regions for the structure of which juridical provision is to be made.
  13. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 79 (Città del Vaticano 1987), pp. 786-789.
  14. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis Vol. 95. 4 (April 2003) (Città del Vaticano 2003), p. 279.
  15. ^ Ughelli VII, p. 863.
  16. ^ Cappelletti XX, p. 593, calls him Antonio Marcello.
  17. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 73 (Città del Vaticano 1981), pp. 450-451.
  18. ^ Pina Belli D'Elia (1999), L'angelo la montagna il pellegrino: Monte Sant'Angelo e il santuario di San Michele del Gargano : archeologia, arte, culto, devozione dalle origini ai nostri giorni Foggia: Claudio Grenzi editore, 1999.
  19. ^ Sergio Luzzatto (2015), "PIO da Pietrelcina, santo." (in Italian). In: Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Volume 84 (2015).
  20. ^ Synodus Provincialis Sipontina sen Constitutiones et decreta provincialis Synodi Sipontinae à Ptolemeo Gallio, archiepiscopo Sipontino, habitae anno 1567. Venice: apud Juntas, 1567.
  21. ^ Cappelletti XX, p. 592.
  22. ^ Cappelletti XX, p. 594. A.G. Dibisceglia (2011), "Chiesa e società a Manfredonia. Il Sinodo celebrato nel 1678 dal cardinale arcivescovo Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P.," (in Italian), in: Quis ut Deus. Rivista dell’Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Giovanni Paolo II” di Foggia, IV (2011) 2, pp. 155-167.
  23. ^ Thomas-Maria Francone (1785). Synodus Sipontina habita die 11 et 12 mensis Maji 1784. (in Latin). Naples: J. de Bisogno 1785.
  24. ^ Albertus had been a monk of S. Sabino in Piacenza. He was a friend and councilor of Pope Urban II (1088–1099). He was appointed archbishop by Pope Paschal II (1099–1118) during the synod of Melfi in October 1100. He died on 12 January 1116. Gams, p. 954, col. 1. Kehr IX, p. 236, no. 15.
  25. ^ Gregorius had been a monk of Montecassino. He was consecrated a bishop by Pope Paschal II when he came to Rome for the Lenten synod of March 1116. Gregorius died on 21 September 1117. Gams, p. 954. Kehr IX, p. 236 no. 15n.
  26. ^ Archbishop Leo was confirmed by Pope Paschal II at Palestrina in January 1118. He was present at the consecration of Pope Gelasius II at Gaeta on 10 March 1118. He died in 1130. Ughelli VII, p. 825 (wrongly conjecturing that his name was L(aurentius). Kehr IX, p. 237, no. 16n.
  27. ^ Kehr IX, p. 237 n.: "A. 1120, 1123 et 1124 Guillelmum archiep. invenimus (Carabellese L'Apulia p. 541 n. 38; 552 n. 42; Crudo La SS. Trinita di Venosa p. 213; cf. quoque eius chartam s. dat. ed. Cod. dipl. Barese X 10 n. 6), fortasse eundem ac ilium Sipontin. archiep., qui interfuit concilio Lateranensi a Calixto II a. 1123 m. mart, celebrato...."
  28. ^ Willelmus, it is said, was consecrated by Pope Innocent II in 1140. He is attested in 1143 and 1147. Ughelli VII, p. 825. Kehr IX, p. 237, note.
  29. ^ Goffridus visited Pope Eugenius III, and complained that the abbot of the monastery of S. Maria de Calena was subject to Siponto and ought to seek the installation blessing from the archbishop. Goffridus died in 1166. Ughelli VII, pp. 826–828 (who provides a selection of alternate names). Gams, p, 924 col. 1. Kehr IX, p. 237 no. 17; 256, no. 5.
  30. ^ Gerardus of Verona was Archbishop of Spalato (Dalmatia); he was transferred to Siponto by Pope Alexander III, and allowed to retain the archdiocese of Spalato as its Administrator. In 1174, Pope Alexander III issued a mandate to Archbishop Gerardus of Siponto and Garganico and two other bishops. Ughelli VII, p. 828. Kehr IX, p. 238, no. 20. Kamp, p. 531, indicates that there was only one Gerardus (attested 1170–1179).
  31. ^ Archbishop Gerardus and his suffragan bishop of Viesti attended the Third Lateran Council of Pope Alexander III in March 1179. Ughelli VII, p. 828. Kamp, p. 531, indicates that there was only one Gerardus (attested 1170–1179).
  32. ^ Johannes was bishop-elect in 1184. Ughelli VII, p. 828. Kamp, p. 531-532.
  33. ^ Hugo is attested 1195–1210: Kamp, pp. 532-534. At the beginning of 1195, Pope Celestine III consecrated Hugo of Troia as Archbishop of Siponto. He had been recommended by the Emperor Henry VI. On 11 July 1195, Pope Celestine wrote to Archbishop Hugo and the Chapter, confirming the right of the dignities of the Chapter to use the mitre. Hugo died in the reign of Pope Honorius III (1216–1227). Ughelli VII, pp. 828-831. Kehr IX, p. 240, nos. 27, 28, 29.
  34. ^ Archbishop Albertus was consecrated by Pope Honorius III in his third year. Eubel I, p. 453 with note 1.
  35. ^ Rogerius de Anglone is attested from 1219 to 1256: Kamp, pp. 534-537. Cf. Ughelli VII, pp. 834-840. Eubel I, p. 453.
  36. ^ Gams, p. 924. Kamp, p. 537-539.
  37. ^ Giovanni Freccia de Ravello: Ughelli VII, p. 840. Eubel I, p. 453. Kamp, p. 540.
  38. ^ , previously Bishop of Orvieto (Italy) (1295 – 1302.02.09)
  39. ^ Orsini was appointed archbishop of Siponto on 15 June 1327 by Pope John XXII. On 18 December 1327, Matteo Orsini was appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. He never visited Siponto. He died on 18 August 1340. Eubel I, pp. 16 no. 23; 453.
  40. ^ Bartolommeo was appointed by Pope John XXII on 11 January 1328. He died in 1330. Eubel I, p. 453.
  41. ^ Sasso was elected by the cathedral Chapter of Siponto, but was provided by Pope John XXII. Eubel I, p. 453.
  42. ^ Fra Petrus was appointed by Pope Clement VI on 9 February 1343. He died in 1351. Eubel I, p. 453.
  43. ^ Francesco was appointed on 1 June 1343 by Pope Clement VI. He died in 1354. Eubel I, p. 453.
  44. ^ Marinus had been Archdeacon of the church of Siponto. He was elected by the cathedral Chapter, but appointed by Pope Innocent VI on 16 November 1354. He died in 1361. Ughelli VII, p. 844-845. Eubel I, p. 453.
  45. ^ Fe(ol)us, as he is called by Eubel, p. 453, had been Archpriest of the cathedral of Brescia. He was Bishop of Carinola (1360–1361). He was transferred to the archdiocese of Siponto by Pope Innocent VI on 8 November 1361. He died in 1375. Ughelli VII, p. 845. Eubel I, pp. 157, 453.
  46. ^ Petrus was appointed by Pope Gregory XI on 29 October 1375. He became a penitentiary of Pope Clement VII (Avignon Obedience), but was captured in the city of Fermo, deposed by Urban VI (Roman Obedience) in 1381, and taken to Rome to be imprisoned, where he died. Ughelli VII, p. 845. Eubel I, p. 453, with note 8.
  47. ^ Johannes was removed by Urban VI. Eubel I, p. 453.
  48. ^ Johannes was appointed by Urban VI. He resigned in 1398. Eubel I, p. 453 with note 9.
  49. ^ Nicolaus was appointed by Pope Boniface IX on 27 February 1398. He was transferred to the diocese of Ragusa on 26 July 1402. Eubel I, p. 453.
  50. ^ Nicolaus had been archbishop of Ragusa. He was transferred to Siponto on 16 July 1402, by Boniface IX. He was a papal Referendary, and a papal diplomat to Hungary, Sweden, and Norway. He was removed in 1410. Eubel I, p. 453, with note
  51. ^ Laurentius was appointed (provided) by Pope Gregory XII. Pope Gregory had been deposed by the Council of Pisa on 5 June 1409. Ughelli VII, pp. 853-855. Eubel I, p. 453.
  52. ^ Paulus was appointed by Pope John XXIII on 17 December 1414. Ughelli VII, p. 855. Eubel I, p. 453
  53. ^ Matthias was a cleric of the Apostolic Camera (treasury). He was appointed archbishop of Siponto by Pope Eugenius IV on 4 June 1436. He was transferred to the diocese of Rieti on 10 March 1438. He died in 1450. Eubel II, pp. 221, 238.
  54. ^ On 5 May 1447, Capranica was appointed Archbishop (Personal Title) of Ascoli Piceno by Pope Nicholas V (Parentucelli). In 1450 he was transferred to the diocese of Rieti. Eubel II, pp. 96, 238.
  55. ^ On 5 May 1447, Cardinal Bessarion was given the diocese of Siponto in commendam. He resigned the commendation on 7 April 1449, upon the appointment of a regular archbishop. Ughelli VII, p. 856. Eubel II, p. 238.
  56. ^ A native of Caltagirone (Sicily), Giovanni Burgio was a skilled physician, in consideration of which King Alfonso had him appointed abbot of S. Maria Nouva Luce. He was named archbishop of Siponto on 7 April 1449 by Pope Nicholas V. On 25 October 1458, Burgio was appointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Mazara del Vallo by Pope Nicholas V. He was transferred to Palermo on 16 November 1467. He died in 1469. Eubel II, pp. 188, 211, 238.
  57. ^ Perotti died in 1480. Ughelli VII, pp. 857-858. Eubel II, p. 238.
  58. ^ Nardini: Ughelli VII, p. 858. Eubel II, p. 238.
  59. ^ Gerardini: Ughelli VII, p. 858-859. Eubel II, p. 238.
  60. ^ On 30 May 1511, Antonio Ciocchi del Monte was appointed Administrator of Pavia) Eubel III, p. 300 with note 3.
  61. ^ Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte: Eubel III, p. 300 with note 4.
  62. ^ On 20 February 1545, Ricci was appointed Archbishop (Personal Title) of Chiusi. Eubel III, p. 300 with note 5, 6, 7.
  63. ^ On 30 May 1550, Mercurio was appointed Archbishop of Messina. Ughelli VII, p. 860. Eubel III, p. 301 with note 8.
  64. ^ A native of Reggio Calabria, Pighini had been a Canon of Capua. He was an Auditor of the Rota (judge) and a papal chaplain. He was sent as Nuncio to the Emperor Charles V by Pope Paul III (d. 1549). He served as Bishop of Alife, and then Bishop of Ferentino (1548–1550). He was transferred to the diocese of Siponto on 30 May 1550, by Pope Julius III, who sent him on an embassy to Charles V. He was named a cardinal on 20 November 1551. He died in Rome on 20 November 1553, at the age of 53. L. Cardella, Memorie de'cardinali della Santa Chiesa Romana Tomo 4 (Roma: Pagliarini 1793), pp. 320-332. Eubel III, pp. 104 with note 8; 195; 301 with note 9.
  65. ^ Domenico held diocesan synods in 1588 and 1592. Cappelletti XX, p. 591.
  66. ^ Annibale Ginnasi was the nephew of Cardinal Domenico Ginnasi. He was a Referendary (judge) of the Tribunal of the Signatures of Justice and Mercy. He was appointed archbishop of Siponto on 5 November 1607, by Pope Paul V (Borghese). He died on 6 January 1622 (Cappelletti). Ughelli VII, pp. 862-863. Cappelletti XX, pp. 591-592. Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica IV, p. 316 with note 3.
  67. ^ A Roman, Buratti held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure, and had been Bishop of Volturara (1615–1623). He was appointed archbishop of Siponto on 9 January 1623, holding diocesan synods in 1624 and 1627. Archbishop Buratti died in Rome on 11 April 1628, at the age of 53, and was buried in S. Maria della Vittoria. Ughelli VII, p. 863. Cappelletti XX, p. 592. Gauchat IV, pp. 316 with note 4; 374 with note 7.
  68. ^ A Neapolitan of the Pisquiti branch of the Caraccioli, Andrea held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure, and was a Referendary (judge) of the Tribunal of the Signatures of Justice and Mercy. He was appointed archbishop of Siponto by Pope Urban VIII (Barberini) on 29 May 1628. His burial took place on 8 December 1629. Gauchat IV, pp. 316 with note 5.
  69. ^ Annibaldi: Gauchat IV, pp. 316 with note 6.
  70. ^ Marullo: Gauchat IV, pp. 316 with note 7.
  71. ^ Vincenzo Maria, as he was known among the Dominicans, was named a cardinal by Pope Innocent X on 22 February 1672. On 4 January 1673, he was named Prefect of the Sacred Tridentine Council in the Roman Curia. He was appointed archbishop of Siponto on 28 January 1675, and was consecrated in Rome by Cardinal Paluzzo Altieri on 3 February 1675. He held a diocesan synod in 1678. On 22 January 1680, Orsini was appointed Archbishop (Personal Title) of Cesena, then archbishop of Benevento on 10 November 1687. He became Pope Benedict XIII on 29 May 1724. Ritzler & Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, pp. 7 no.5 with note 12; 134 with note 4; 358 with note 3. A.G. Dibisceglia (2011), "Chiesa e società a Manfredonia. Il Sinodo celebrato nel 1678 dal cardinale arcivescovo Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P.," (in Italian), in: Quis ut Deus. Rivista dell’Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Giovanni Paolo II” di Foggia, IV (2011) 2, pp. 155-167.
  72. ^ Muscettola, a member of the Congregation of the Oratory, was appointed archbishop of Siponto by Pope Innocent XI on 13 May 1680. He resigned on 25 February 1708. Ritzler & Sefrin V, p. 358 with note 4.
  73. ^ Ritzler & Sefrin V, p. 358 with note 5.
  74. ^ Born in Otranto (Zara) in 1678, De Marco held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Rome, Sapienza 1721). He was a canon of Otranto, and Vicar General of the diocese of Troia, and then Vicar General of Siponto. He was then Bishop of Vieste (1720–1725). He was transferred to the archdiocese of Siponto on 21 March 1275, by Pope Benedict XIII. He died in Manfredonia in April 1742. Ritzler & Sefrin V, pp. 358 with note 6; 412 with note 10.
  75. ^ Born in 1697 in Aquila, Rivera held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Macerata 1729). He was a canon of Aquila, and became a protonotary apostolic in 1730. He had been Vicar General of Cittaducale, and was then Vicar Apostolic. He became Bishop of Cittaducale on 22 June 1733. He was transferred to Siponto by Pope Benedict XIV on 25 May 1742. He died on 25 January 1777. Ritzler & Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VI, pp. 167 with note 2; 381 with note 2.
  76. ^ Francone died on 25 May 1799. Ritzler & Sefrin VI, p. 381 with note 3.
  77. ^ Del Musco was born in Foggia in 1746. He became Bishop of Carinola in 1792, and was transferred to the diocese of San Severo in 1797. He was appointed Archbishop of Siponto on 29 October 1804, where he died in December 1807. Ritzler & Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VI, pp. 140, 378; VI, p. 347.
  78. ^ French occupation. Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, imprisonment in France of Pope Pius VII from 1809 to 1815).
  79. ^ On 24 August 2002, Archbishop D'Addario was appointed Archbishop (Personal Title) of Teramo-Atri by Pope John Paul II.
  80. ^ On July 15, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Michele Castoro of the Diocese of Oria as Archbishop.


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