Roman Catholic Bishopric of Amelia

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The Italian Catholic Diocese of Amelia, existed from the fifth century until 1983. In that year it was united into the new diocese of Terni, Narni, e Amelia. It was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Spoleto.[1][2][3]


The Bishopric of Amelia appears on the pages of history relatively late. Ferdinando Ughelli[4] mentions an Orthodolphus, Bishop, about the year 344. He mentions also Stephen, of whom there is no trace in history.

Flavius, Bishop of Amelia, seems to have been present at a synod held at Rome, 14 November, 465, by Pope Hilary. Ughelli goes on to enumerate Tiburtius, Martinianus, and then a Sallustino present at a synod held in 502 under Pope Symmachus. Still further according to Ughelli, in the fifth century there was a Bishop of Amelia by name Sincerus. The Bollandists, however, show that the date of his episcopate is uncertain; there is question even of his very existence.[5]

A Bishop of Amelia still appears in 649 at the provincial synod held by Pope Martin at the Lateran. The city of Amelia had great political importance during the eighth century, when between the opposition of the iconoclast Byzantine emperors, and the conquering Lombard power in the centre of Italy, the temporal power of the popes grew from day to day.[6]

Amelia Cathedral, the seat of the diocese until 1983, is now a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia.


Diocese of Amelia[edit]

Erected: 5th Century
Latin Name: Amerinus
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Spoleto


13 September 1983 United with the Diocese of Terni e Narni to form the Diocese of Terni, Narni, e Amelia


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Amelia". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Amelia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Diocese of Terni–Narni–Amelia" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  4. ^ Italia Sacra (Venice, 1722)
  5. ^ Acta Sanctorum,June, III, 17.
  6. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  7. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Battista Antici" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 21, 2016


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

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