Roman Catholic Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli

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Diocese of Conversano-Monopoli
Dioecesis Conversanensis-Monopolitanus
Cathedral in Conversano
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Area 1,099 km2 (424 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
243,423 (98.7%)
Parishes 56
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di Maria SS. della Mactia
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Domenico Padovano
Co-cathedral in Monopoli

The Italian Roman Catholic diocese of Conversano-Monopoli (Latin: Dioecesis Conversanensis-Monopolitanus), in Apulia, has existed since 1986, when the diocese of Monopoli was united with the historic diocese of Conversano. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.


Conversano is the ancient Cupersanum. After the invasion of the Normans, it was for a while the seat of a duchy; later, however, it became a fief of the dukes of Atri. The first bishop whose date is certain was Hilarius, present at the Roman synod of 501. Local tradition, however, preserves the name of a previous bishop, Simplicius, who died in 492.

No other names are recorded up to the episcopate of Leo, mentioned in a document of 1088. Other bishops were:


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 40°58′00″N 17°07′00″E / 40.9667°N 17.1167°E / 40.9667; 17.1167