Roman Catholic Diocese of Ascoli Piceno

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Diocese of Ascoli Piceno
Dioecesis Asculanus in Piceno
Cathedral of Ascoli Piceno in the Piazza Arringo
Country  Italy
Ecclesiastical province Fermo
Area 840 km2 (320 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
106,352 (98.8%)
Parishes 70
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Madre di Dio, S. Emidio
Secular priests 72 (diocesan)
27 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole
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The Italian Catholic Diocese of Ascoli Piceno (Latin: Dioecesis Asculanus in Piceno) in the Marche, has existed since the fourth century. Historically immediately dependent on the Holy See, it is now a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Fermo.[1][2] There is, in 2015, one priest for every 1,074 Catholics.


The traces of this bishopric appear in the fourth century with St. Emidius, martyred under Diocletian and Claudius, present at the Synod of Rimini (Arian Controversy, 359). In the fifth century, Lusentius, who was present at the Synod of Milan which sent the famous letter to Pope Leo I (440-461), was bishop of Ascoli.

One of its bishops, Giulio de' Medici, afterwards became Pope Clement VII (1523–1534).[3]


Diocese of Ascoli Piceno[edit]

Erected: 4th Century
Latin Name: Dioecesis Asculanus in Piceno


  1. ^ "Diocese of Ascoli Piceno" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Ascoli Piceno" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ Cesarini, brother-in-law of Cesare Borgia's sister, seems never to have been consecrated a bishop.
  5. ^ "Bishop Lorenzo Fieschi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Cardinal Girolamo Bernerio" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved April 30, 2016

 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°51′17″N 13°34′31″E / 42.8547°N 13.5753°E / 42.8547; 13.5753