Roman Catholic Diocese of Teramo-Atri

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Diocese of Teramo-Atri
Dioecesis Aprutina seu Teramensis-Hatriensis seu Atriensis
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Pescara-Penne
Area 1,480 km2 (570 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
240,000 (96.8%)
Parishes 187
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Teramo)
Co-cathedral Basilica Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Atri)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante (Vacant see); Bishop Michele Seccia was elevated to Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce, in Lecce, Italy, by Pope Francis on Friday, September 29, 2017
Emeritus Bishops Antonio Nuzzi
Co-cathedral in Atri

The Diocese of Teramo-Atri (Latin: Dioecesis Aprutina seu Teramensis-Hatriensis seu Atriensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Abruzzo, central Italy. It was created in 1949, when the historic Diocese of Teramo was combined with the Diocese of Penne-Atri, in the Abruzzo. It is suffragan of the Archdiocese of Pescara-Penne.[1][2]


After the invasion of Italy by the Lombards, Teramo became the residence of a gastald, depending on the Duke of Spoleto; under the Franks it was annexed by the Normans. In 1155 Count Robert of Loritello rebelled against King Roger II of Sicily and destroyed the city, soon rebuilt through the efforts of Bishop Guido (1122), for which he and his successors were granted the investiture of the principality. Probably at this time arose the custom of the bishops of Teramo of pontificating armed and having arms also on the altar. Hardly had the town risen again when it began a series of quarrels with Ascoli, which more than once threatened to become sanguinary. Teramo resisted till the end of 1270 during the Angevin invasion. A little later the bishops abandoned their temporal sovereignty and a royal captain was installed.

In the beginning of the 15th century the Melatino, di Janni, and Acquaviva began to struggle for possession of the town. In 1416 it was sacked by Lordino, a Frenchman, exasperated by being deprived of the title of high constable of the kingdom; during the pillage the treasures of the cathedral disappeared.

In 1818 the Diocese of Ortona, which is now only an archipresbyteral church, was incorporated with the See of Teramo.


Diocese of Teramo[edit]

Erected: 5th Century
Latin Name: Aprutinus seu Teramensis


Diocese of Teramo e Atri[edit]

United: 1 July 1949 with the Diocese of Penne e Atri
Latin Name: Aprutinus seu Teramensis et Hatriensis seu Atriensis
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

  • Stanislao Amilcare Battistelli, C.P. (14 Feb 1952 – 22 Feb 1967 Retired)
  • Abele Conigli (16 Feb 1967 – 31 Dec 1988 Retired)

Diocese of Teramo-Atri[edit]

Name Changed: 30 September 1986


  1. ^ "Diocese of Teramo-Atri" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Teramo-Atri" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Giacomo (Jean Jacques) Barba, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Giambattista Visconti, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  5. ^
  • Cappelletti, Le chiese d'Italia, XXI
  • Palma, Storia ecclesiastica e civile .. di Teramo (Teramo, 1852-6)

External links[edit]

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

Coordinates: 42°39′32″N 13°42′14″E / 42.6589°N 13.7039°E / 42.6589; 13.7039