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
Cattedrale di Manfredonia.jpg
Cathedral of Manfredonia
Ecclesiastical provinceFoggia–Bovino
Area1,665 km2 (643 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
151,209 (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 priests74 (diocesan)
48 (Religious Orders)
4 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
ArchbishopFranco Moscone
Locator map of diocese of Manfredonia
Co-cathedral in Vieste

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo (Latin: Archidioecesis Sipontina–Vestana–Sancti Ioannis Rotundi) is a Latin Catholic non-Metropolitan Archdiocese in Foggia province, 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.

On July 15, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Michele Castoro of the Diocese of Oria as Archbishop.

The cathedral of the archiepiscopal see is the Manfredonia Cathedral, dedicated to St Laurence of Siponto, in Foggia, Apulia. It also has


As of 2014, the archdiocese pastorally served 152,000 Catholics (98.8% of 153,811 total) on 1,665 km² in 51 parishes with 124 priests (76 diocesan, 48 religious), three deacons, 247 lay religious (56 brothers, 191 sisters), and there were seven seminarians.


In 1230, Manfredonia, a new city founded by Manfred of Sicily, who decided to rebuild Siponto in a new nearby location, the archiepiscopal see was transferred and renamed after it as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manfredonia, yet kept its Latin adjective Sipontin(us).

Among the bishops 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; Vincenzo Orsini (1675), afterwards Pope under the name of Benedict XIII.

On 1979.04.30 it was demoted as non-Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manfredonia / Sipontin(us) (Latin)

On 1986.09.30 it was renamed as Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste / Sipontin(us)–Vestan(us) (Latin adjective), having gained territory from the suppressed Diocese of Vieste (but absorbing its title), and having lost territories, both to its Metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino, and to the Diocese of San Severo.

On 2002.12.06 it was again renamed as Archdiocese of Manfredonia–Vieste–San Giovanni Rotondo / Sipontin(us)–Vestan(us)–Sancti Ioannis Rotundi (Latin).


Metropolitan Archbishops of Manfredonia[edit]

  • Ruggero (1230 – death 1263?)
  • Giacomo (1263–?)
  • Giovanni Freccia (1265–1290)
  • Andrea De China (1291.12.05 – death 1301)
  • Gregorio de Montelongo (1301.09.01 – death 1302.01)
  • Leonardo Mancini (1302.02.09 – death 1326), previously Bishop of Orvieto (Italy) (1295 – 1302.02.09)
  • Matteo Orsini, Dominican Order (O.P.) (15 June 1327 – 18 Dec 1327 Appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo)

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

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

Sources and external links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Archdiocese of Manfredonia". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Coordinates: 41°38′00″N 15°55′00″E / 41.6333°N 15.9167°E / 41.6333; 15.9167