Roman Catholic Diocese of Chiusi-Pienza

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The former Italian Catholic Diocese of Chiusi-Pienza, in Tuscany, existed until 1986. In that year it was united into the Diocese of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza. It was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Siena.[1][2]


Catacombs are found at Chiusi. The martyrdom of the deacon Irenaeus and the virgin Mustiola probably took place under Valerian. The first known bishop was Florentius, present in 465 at the Roman synod under Pope Hilary. Ammiato Abbey was built by Ratchis, King of the Lombards, and afterwards rose to great power and influence.

Bishop Francesco degli Atti (1348) was a famous canonist. Chiusi formerly boasted of a famous relic, the betrothal ring of the Blessed Virgin, which was taken to Perugia about 1449 by an Augustinian friar; in consequence of this a war broke out between them, in which Perugia was victorious and remained in possession of the ring.

The Diocese of Chiusi was at first immediately subject to the Holy See, but was made a suffragan of Siena by Pope Pius II. In 1773 Pope Clement XIV added to it the Diocese of Pienza.[3]


Diocese of Chiusi[edit]

Erected: 3rd Century
Latin Name: Clusinus
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Siena


Diocese of Chiusi e Pienza[edit]

United: 15 June 1772 with the Diocese of Pienza
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

  • Giacinto Pippi (12 Jul 1824 – 30 Dec 1839 Died)
  • Giovanni Battista Ciofi (27 Jan 1843 – 25 Mar 1870 Died)
  • Raffaele Bianchi (29 Jul 1872 – 30 Dec 1889 Resigned)
  • Giacomo Bellucci (30 Dec 1889 – 19 Feb 1917 Died)
  • Giuseppe Conti (22 Mar 1917 – 24 Apr 1941 Died)
  • Carlo Baldini, O.M.D. (31 Jul 1941 – 2 Jan 1970 Died)
  • Alberto Giglioli (7 Oct 1975 – 30 Sep 1986 Appointed, Bishop of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza)

30 September 1986: United with the Diocese of Montepulciano to form the Diocese of Montepulciano-Chiusi-Pienza


  1. ^ "Diocese of Chiusi e Pienza" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Chiusi e Pienza" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
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  4. ^ "Bishop Bonifacio di Castel Lotario" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 25, 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.