Roman Catholic Diocese of Volterra

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Diocese of Volterra
Dioecesis Volaterrana
Volterra Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Pisa
Area 1,743 km2 (673 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
80,114 (97.9%)
Parishes 88
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Alberto Silvani
Emeritus Bishops Vasco Giuseppe Bertelli
Italy Tuscany Diocese map Volterra.svg

The Diocese of Volterra (Latin: Dioecesis Volaterrana) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Tuscany, central Italy. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Pisa.[1][2]


Volterra is an ancient Etruscan town, later conquered by the Romans. In the Carolingian period it belonged to the Marquisate of Tuscany; with the approval of Henry, son of Frederick Barbarossa, the government of it afterwards passed into the hands of the bishop, until his temporal authority was suspended by the commune. In the wars or factions of the 13th century, Volterra, being Ghibelline, was continually embroiled with the Florentines, who captured it in 1254, but obtained definitive possession of it only in 1361.

According to the Liber Pontificalis, Volterra was the birthplace of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter. Nothing is known as to its Christian origins; Eucharistus, the first bishop of Volterra of whom there is any record (495), was deposed by the pope, and Helpidius (496) was put in his place. Justus (560) was at first involved in the Schism of the Three Chapters.

Volterra was immediately subject to the Holy See until 1856, when it became a suffragan of Pisa.


Diocese of Volterra[edit]

Erected: 5th Century
Latin Name Volaterranus
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Pisa



  • Amidei (1864–65). Storia Volterrana. Volterra. 


  1. ^ "Diocese of Volterra" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Volterra" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d e Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. p. 372. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Niccolò Sacchetti" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Orazio degli Albizzi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 7, 2017

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.