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Diocese of Lamezia Terme
Dioecesis Neocastrensis
Cathedral of Lamezia Terme
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Catanzaro-Squillace
Area 915 km2 (353 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
142,000 (est.)
140,000 (est.) (98.6%)
Parishes 62
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 11th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di Ss. Pietro e Paolo
Secular priests 70 (diocesan)
20 (Religious Orders)
19 Deacons
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Luigi Antonio Cantafora
Emeritus Bishops Vincenzo Rimedio
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lamezia Terme in Italy.svg
Diocese of Lamezia Terme (in Italian)

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Lamezia Terme (Latin: Dioecesis Neocastrensis) is in Calabria. In 1818 the ancient see of Martirano, the former Mamertum (the first bishop of which was Domnus, in 761), was united to the diocese of Nicastro.[1] The diocese was then a suffragan of the archdiocese of Reggio in Calabria.[2] In 1986, the historic Diocese of Nicastro had its name changed. It is currently called the Diocese of Lamezia Terme, and it is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace. The name change reflects the incorporation of the comune of Nicastro into Lamezia Terme, an administrative change of 1968 on the part of the State of Italy.[3][4]


The earliest appearance of the name Nicastro is in the Diatyposis (Νέα Τακτικά) of Leo the Wise, composed at Constantinople around 900. Nicastro is listed twelfth and last among the bishops of the Greek Metropolitanate of Reggio Calabria.[5] For a long time,[vague] the Greek Rite was in use at Nicastro.

The church in the village below the citadel of Nicastro was built and endowed by the Norman Aumberga, the niece of Robert Guiscard and sister of Count Richard Dapifer, the son of Drago. It became the Cathedral of S. Peter. In 1101, Count Richard the Dapifer transferred to the diocese of Nicastro property and chattels which had belonged to Aumberga in the territory between Agarena and Nicastro.[6] The first bishop of this city of whom there is any record was Henricus (1094), who is mentioned in the donation. Among the ten subscribers to the charter is Archbishop Robert of Reggio Calabria and Bishop Sasso of Cassano, who was serving as Papal Vicar in Calabria for Pope Paschal II.[7]

Pope Calixtus II visited Nicastro on 9 December 1121, on his way from Taranto to Catanzaro.[8]

Bishop Tancredo da Monte Foscolo (1279–1290) was deposed by Pope Nicholas IV for having consecrated James II of Sicily,[9] but he was reinstated by Pope Boniface VIII.

In 1638 a major earthquake struck Calabria. Nicastro was very severely hit. All the buildings were damaged or destroyed, and some 1200 people lost their lives. At Martirano the death toll was 517.[10] The old cathedral of Nicastro, built by the generosity of Aumberga, was destroyed by the earthquake.[11] A new cathedral was erected in a more expansive location by Bishop Perrone.[12] The cathedral was served by a Chapter composed, in 1680, of six dignities and fourteen Canons.[13] The dignities were: the Dean, the Archdeacon, the Cantor, the Treasurer, the Cappellanus Major, and the Penitentiary; the Cappellanus Major was pastor of the cathedral parish.[14] In 1773 there were seven dignities and twenty-four Canons.[15] The town had three other parishes besides the Cathedral: S. Teodoro (governed by the Archdeacon), Santa Maria Maggiore, and Santa Lucia.

In Nicastro there was a convent of the Franciscans, founded in 1400 by the Conventual Franciscans and dedicated to S. Maria della Grazia; it was taken over by the Observant Franciscans and then in 1594 by the Reformed Franciscans. There was also a convent of the Dominicans, established in 1502 and dedicated to the Annunciation; it was made a stadium generale by Father General Niccolò Ridolfi. The Capuchins established the convent of S. Maria degli Angeli in 1545; provincial chapters of the Order met there in 1550, 1556 and 1618. All three were suppressed in 1809 and converted into other uses.[16]


Diocese of Nicastro[edit]

Latin Name: Neocastrensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Reggio Calabria

to 1300[edit]

  • Henricus (attested 1094 – 1122)[17]
  • Guido (attested 1168 – 1179)[18]
  • Bohemund (attested 21 October 1194, 1195, 1199)[19]
  • Rogerius (attested 1202)[20]
  • Thaddeus (attested 1222)[21]
  • Urso (attested 1239, 1240)[22]
  • Gualterius de Cusencia[23]
  • Samuel, O.Min. (attested 1252 – 1255)[24]
  • Bernardus (attested 1256 – 1258)[25]
  • Leonardus (15 October 1266 – after September 1272)[26]
  • Robertus (1274–1275 – before 6 March 1279)[27]
  • Tancredus de Montefusculo, O.Min. (15 May 1279 – 1290)[28]

1300 to 1500[edit]

  • Nicolaus, O.S.B. (6 November 1299 – 1320?)[29]
  • Petrus, O.Min. (21 June 1320 – ?)[30]
  • Ambrosius (7 March 1323 – 1333)[31]
  • Joannes de Preston, O.Min. (30 July 1333 – )
  • Nicolaus (attested 1344)
  • Jacobus (Avignon Obedience)
  • Carlucius Cicala (Avignon Obedience)
  • Manfred (Roman Obedience)
  • Angelo (Roman Obedience)
  • Giuliano, O.Min. (28 January 1388 – )[32]
  • Giacomo, O.Min. (2 April 1390 – )
  • Roberto Mazza (4 May 1394 – )
  • Giacomo (1398)
  • Gentile d'Ajello (13 January 1399 – after 5 April 1409)[33]
  • Angelo de Benevento (9 May 1409 – )
  • Paolo (1418 – 1431)
  • Joannes de Paganis (28 May 1431 – 1451)[34]
  • Robertus (8 October 1451 – 1473?)
  • Antonius (26 November 1473 – 1488?)[35]
  • Petrus de Sonino (26 January 1489 – 1490?)[36]
  • Antonius Lucido (8 February 1490 – 1494)
  • Bartolomeo de Luna (29 July 1495 – 26 October 1497)[37]
  • Franciscus de Roccamura (27 October 1497 – 1504)[38]

1500 to 1600[edit]

  • Niccolò Capranica (18 December 1504 – 1517)[39]
  • Cardinal Andrea della Valle (1530 – 1533) (Administrator)[45]
  • Cardinal Giacomo Savelli (5 Nov 1540 - 19 Nov 1554 Resigned) (Administrator)[49]
  • Cardinal Giacomo Savelli (6 Feb 1556 - 26 Jan 1560 Resigned) (Administrator)

1600 to 1800[edit]

1800 to 2004[edit]

  • Carlo Pellegrini (29 Jan 1798 - 12 May 1818 Resigned)[76]
  • Gabriele Papa (17 Dec 1819 Confirmed - 20 Dec 1824)[77]
  • Niccola Berlingeri (19 Dec 1825 Confirmed - 23 Feb 1854 Died)[78]
  • Giacinto Maria Barberi, O.P. (23 Jun 1854 Confirmed - 7 Mar 1891 Died)[79]
  • Domenico Maria Valensise (7 Mar 1891 Succeeded - 2 Jun 1902 Resigned)[80]
  • Giovanni Régine (4 Oct 1902 - 6 Dec 1915)[81]
  • Eugenio Giambro (22 May 1916 - 2 Feb 1955 Retired)
  • Vincenzo Maria Jacono (2 Feb 1955 Succeeded - 18 Jan 1961 Resigned)
  • Vittorio Moietta (18 Jan 1961 - 1 Apr 1963 Died)
  • Renato Luisi (30 Jun 1963 - 1 Jun 1968 Resigned)
  • Ferdinando Palatucci (12 Oct 1968 - 30 Jan 1982 Appointed, Archbishop of Amalfi)
  • Vincenzo Rimedio (4 Sep 1982 - 24 Jan 2004 Retired)

Diocese of Lamezia Terme[edit]

Name Changed: 30 September 1986
Latin Name: Neocastrensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace

  • Luigi Antonio Cantafora (24 Jan 2004 - )[82]


  1. ^ Avilardi, in: D'Avino, p. 466-470.
  2. ^ Umberto Benigni, "Nicastro" The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. retrieved: 2017-03-07.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Lamezia Terme" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.[self-published source?]
  4. ^ "Diocese of Lamezia Terme" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. ^ Duchesne, p. 10. Kehr, p. 30. Kehr conjectures that Nicastro was built to replace a town which had been destroyed by the Saracens.
  6. ^ Ughelli, IX, p. 402.
  7. ^ Kehr, p. 30.
  8. ^ P. Jaffé (ed. S. Loewenfeld), Regesta pontificum Romanorum, editio altera, I (Leipzig: Veit 1885), p. 802, no. 6936.
  9. ^ E. Langlois, ed. (1905). Les registres de Nicolas IV.: Recueil des bulles de ce pape (in French and Latin). Paris: E. Thorin. pp. 383–384, no. 2170 (7 April 1289); p. 399, no. 2262 (18 November 1289);.  E. Langlois, ed. (1891). Les Registres de Nicolas IV (1288-1292): recueil des bulles de ce pape (in French and Latin). Vol. II. Paris: E. Thorin. pp. 642, no. 4405 (20 November 1290). 
  10. ^ Annibale Riccò; E. Camerana; Mario Baratta; Giovanni Di Stevano (1907). Il terremoto del 16 novembre 1894 in Calabria e Sicilia: Relazione scientifica della Commissione incaricata degli studi dal R. governo (in Italian). Roma: Tipografia nazionale di G. Bertero e c. p. 18. 
  11. ^ Vero Racconto del seguito terremoto nella Calabria inferiore, sotto li 27. di Marzo 1638 ... con il neme (sic) delle citta, castelli e terre distrutte dal detto terremoto. - Venetia, Giuliani 1638 (in Italian). Venezia: Giuliani. 1638. 
  12. ^ Francesco Avilardi, in: D'Avino, p. 459.
  13. ^ Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 284, note 1. The town had a population estimated at 3,000.
  14. ^ Avilardi, in: D'Avino, p. 459.
  15. ^ Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306, note 1. The population of the town had risen to c. 5000.
  16. ^ Avilardi, in: D'Avino, p. 460.
  17. ^ At the beginning of 1122 Pope Calixtus II sent a mandate to Henricus and two other bishops to examine the possible usurpation of church property. Kehr, p. 31, no. 1. Ughelli, pp. 401-403.
  18. ^ Guido was present at the Lateran Council of Pope Alexander III in March 1179. Gams, p. 905. Kamp, p. 974.
  19. ^ Bohemundus took part in the consecration of the church of S. Pietro de Balnea in Palermo on 28 May 1199. Ughelli, p. 403. Rocco Pirro (1733). Mongitore, Antonino, ed. Sicilia sacra disquisitionibus et notitiis illustrata. Tomus primus (third ed.). Palermo: haeredes P. coppulae. pp. 119–120.  Kamp, p. 975.
  20. ^ Rogerius: Kamp, p. 975.
  21. ^ Thaddeus: Kamp, p. 976.
  22. ^ Urso: Eduard Winkelmann (1880). Acta Imperii inedita Seculi XIII. (in German and Latin). Vol. I. Innsbruck: Wagner'schen Universitäts-Buchhandlung. p. 653, no. 848.  Kamp, pp. 976-977.
  23. ^ Gualterius: Kamp, pp. 977-978.
  24. ^ Samuel was the recipient of a letter from Pope Innocent IV on 8 October 1254, granting him permission to borrow money, lest he have to beg, which was beneath the dignity of a bishop. Giovanni Giacinto Sbaraglia (1759). Bullarium franciscanum romanorum pontificum, constitutiones, epistolas, ac diplomata continens (in Latin). Tomus I. Roma: Typis Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide. p. 766.  Kamp, pp. 978-979.
  25. ^ Bernardus was a monk, but his Order is unknown. Kamp, p. 979.
  26. ^ Leonardus had been a papal Chaplain of Pope Clement IV. Kamp, pp. 979-981.
  27. ^ Bishop Robert was the nephew of Bishop Philip of Squillace (1274–1286). He obtained the diocese of Nicastro by simony, according to Pope Nicholas III, and as bishop had wasted and used up revenues on incontinentiae vitio ('the sin of self-indulgence'); he was therefore cited to appear before the Pope. During his examination he admitted his crimes and freely resigned, to avoid being deposed. Pope Nicholas then reserved the appointment of the next bishop for himself, and appointed Fr. Tancred. Taccone-Gallucci, pp. 176-177, and 351-352. Kamp, p. 981.
  28. ^ The duty of consecrating Tancred was assigned by Pope Nicholas III, as he states in his letter to Tancred of 15 May 1279, to the Bishop of Porto, who at that time was Robert Kilwardby (Eubel I, p. 36). Bishop Tancredo was elected Archbishop of Otranto by the Cathedral Chapter in 1282, but his transfer was refused by Pope Martin IV. He was excommunicated and deposed by Pope Nicholas IV. According to Ughelli, he was restored by Boniface VIII and died in 1299. Gaetano Moroni, ed. (1848). Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica da S. Pietro sino ai nostri giorni (in Italian). Vol. XLIX. Venezia: Emiliana. p. 64.  Ughelli, pp. 404-405 (wrongly stating that it was Honorius IV who deposed Tancred). Eubel, I, p. 361 with note 4.
  29. ^ Nicholas had been Abbot of Sma. Trinità in Mileto. His bull of appointment from Pope Boniface VIII is printed by Taccone-Gallucci, pp. 185-186. The task of consecrated Dom Nicolaus was assigned to the Bishop of Tusculum, who at that time was Giovanni Buccamati Eubel, I, pp. 39; 361, with notes 5 and 6.
  30. ^ There was a contested election. Petrus was chosen by 5 canons, Gualterius (a Canon of Nicastro and Dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Catanzaro) by 19, and Geoffrey (Dean of Mileto) by 14. Nonetheless Petrus had himself consecrated bishop by the Archbishop of Reggio. The matter was brought to the Pope, who appointed an examiner, Guillaume de Balacto, Archdeacon and Rector of Benevento, who was to suspend Petrus if the facts warranted. Ughelli, p. 405. Eubel, I, p. 361 with note 7. G. Mollat, ed. (1906). Jean XXII (1316-1334); Lettres communes analysées d'Après les registres dits d'Avignon et du Vatican (in French and Latin). Paris: A. Fontemoing. pp. 121, no. 11700. 
  31. ^ Ambrosius was a Canon of Nicastro, and was provided as bishop by Pope John XXII. Eubel I, p. 361.
  32. ^ Giuliano had been Bishop of Stabiae. His transfer was approved by Urban VI. Eubel, I, p. 362.
  33. ^ Gentile had previously been Bishop of the Marsi (1385–1409). He appeared at the Council of Pisa on 5 April 1409: J.-D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XXVII (Venice 1784), p. 339. Eubel, I, p. 328, 362.
  34. ^ Joannes was a Doctor of Canon Law. Eubel, II, p. 201.
  35. ^ Antonio had been Abbot of the monastery of Sma Trinità (diocese of Mileto). Eubel II, p. 201, with n. 2.
  36. ^ Bishop Pietro had been Archpriest of the church of S. Giovanni de Latoma (diocese of Nicastro), and then Bishop of Gerenza (1481–1489). Eubel, II, pp. 158, 201.
  37. ^ Bartolomeo de Luna was a papal chamberlain. Eubel, II, p. 201.
  38. ^ He died in Rome in 1504: Ughelli, IX, p. 406.
  39. ^ Capranica was a Roman, an Apostolic Secretary, and a Canon of the Vatican Basilica. In 1506, still bishop-elect he served as Vice-Legate of the March of Ancona. He took part in the Lateran Council of Pope Julius II in 1512. Ughelli, pp. 406-407. Monaldo conte Leopardi (1824). Series Rectorum Anconitanae Marchiae (in Latin). Recaneti: Morici. p. 48.  Eubel, III, p. 255. [This is not the bishop of Fermo who gave the funeral oration for Cardinal Bessarion]
  40. ^ Orsini: Eubel, III, p. 255.
  41. ^ "Andrea Cardinal Della Valle" David M. Cheney. Retrieved May 16, 2016. Eubel, III, p. 256.
  42. ^ Antonius de Paula had been Treasurer of the Cathedral Chapter of Catanzaro. He was transferred to the diocese of Catanzaro on 24 July 1523. Eubel, III, pp. 158, 256.
  43. ^ Geronimo de Paula was the nephew of his predecessor. He too, in his turn, was named Bishop of Catanzaro, on 9 May 1530. Eubel, III, p. 158, 256.
  44. ^ Ricci had been Archimandrite of Messina, and he was allowed to keep the office on being named Bishop of Nicastro. Ughelli, IX, p. 407. Eubel, III, p. 256.
  45. ^ Andrea della Valle: Eubel, III, p. 256 with note 9.
  46. ^ "Bishop Nicola Regitano" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016. Nicola had been Canon of Messina: Eubel, III, p. 256.
  47. ^ Capizucchi was a member of the distinguished Roman noble family. He began his career as a Canon of the Vatican Basilica and Auditor of the Roman Rota (judge), and then Dean (1527). He participated in the V Lateran Council, and was then named Prefect of the Signature of Grace. He was Vicar General of the City of Rome for Popes Leo X, Adrian VI, Clement VII, and Paul III. Clement VII entrusted him, as Auditor of the Rota, with the management of the case of the annulment of Henry VIII. On 31 October 1534 Pope Paul III appointed Capizucchi Legate of the Marches. He died in Rome on 6 August 1539. Ughelli, IX, pp. 407-408. Eubel, III, p. 256. Guy Bedouelle; Patrick Le Gal (1987). Le Divorce d'Henry VIII d'Angleterre : études et documents (in French). Geneva: Librairie Droz. p. 328. ISBN 978-2-600-03132-5. 
  48. ^ Cervini was a Protonotary Apostolic and the papal Secretary for Latin Briefs. He was not consecrated a bishop until after his election to the Papacy in 1555. He was therefore only Bishop-elect, and could not exercise any of the spiritual powers of a bishop. He was appointed, Bishop of Reggio Emilia on 24 September 1540. His letter of appointment from Pope Paul III, dated 28 August 1539, is printed by Taccone-Gallucci, pp. 272-273 and 376.
  49. ^ Cardinal Savelli: Ughelli, IX, p. 409. Eubel, III, p. 256 with note 12.
  50. ^ Mariano Savelli was the son of Giovanni Battista Savelli, Captain of the Republic of Florence, and Constanza Bentivoglio; his brother was Cardinal Giacomo Savelli, Vicar of Rome. He was appointed Bishop of Nicastro on 19 November 1554, at the age of 27, but when he was transferred to the diocese of Gubbio on 6 February 1556 he was still bishop-elect. He died on 19 September 1599. Francesco Sforza Pallavicino (1803). Istoria del Concilio di Trento scritta dal padre Sforza Pallavicino .. (in Italian). Tomo XIV. Venezia: G. Zanardi. p. 124.  Eubel, III, pp. 193, 256.
  51. ^ Facchinetti's bull of appointment from Pope Pius IV, dated 26 January 1560, is published by Taccone-Gallucci at pp. 277-279, with commentary at pp. 377-378. It is not known when or by whom Facchinetti was consecrated a bishop.
  52. ^ Spinelli, the son of Duke Ferdinando Spinelli, was a priest of the diocese of Naples, and a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). He was appointed Bishop of Policastro on 4 December 1581. Eubel, III, pp. 256, 277.
  53. ^ Ravali: Ughelli, IX, p. 410. Eubel, III, p. 256.
  54. ^ Patritius (Patrice) Gauchat (1935). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. IV. Monasterii. p. 256.  A native of Montefalco, Bontodasio had been the Minister General of his Order.
  55. ^ Montorio: Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 2.
  56. ^ Confalone: Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 3.
  57. ^ Bolognetti belonged to the family of the Marchesi Schedoni of Modena. He was a doctor of theology, and a public lecturer in Bologna. He was private treasurer of Pope Gregory XV. He had been Preceptor General of the Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Rome, and was a consultor of the Roman Inquisition. He was elected Prior General of the Servite Order. He was consecrated in Rome by Bishop Rafaele Invitiato of Cephallonia and Zacynthos (Greece) on 24 March 1622. Giovanni Giacinto Vogli (1726). Tavole cronologiche degli uomini illustri per lettere, e impieghi nudriti dall'Università di Bologna (in Italian). Bologna: Celemente Maria Sassi. p. 90.  Gaetano Moroni, ed. (1879). Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica da S. Pietro sino ai nostri giorni ... (in Italian). Vol V. Venezia: Tipografia Emiliana. p. 96.  Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 4.
  58. ^ Castracani: Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 5.
  59. ^ "Bishop Alessandro Castracani (Castracane)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 2, 2017
  60. ^ Curiale: Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 6.
  61. ^ "Bishop Giovan Battista Curiale (Correale)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 4, 2017
  62. ^ Ravenna: Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 7.
  63. ^ "Bishop Domenico Ravenna" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 4, 2017
  64. ^ Mondosio suffered through the earthquake of 1638, losing both his cathedral and his episcopal palace. Giuliani, p. 22. Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 8.
  65. ^ "Bishop Marco Antonio Mandosio" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 20, 2017
  66. ^ Perrone was a native of Rossano. He held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). He had been Vicar Apostolic of Squillace, and Vicar General of Cassano. He was consecrated in Rome on 25 April 1639 by Cardinal Alessandro Cesarini. Perrone built the new cathedral in Nicastro after the earthquake of 1638, spending 18,000 ducats of his own money. He died on 16 November 1677. Giuliani, p. 22. Adilardi,in: D'Avino, p. 458. Gauchat, IV, p. 256 with note 9.
  67. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Tommaso Perrone" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 20, 2017.[self-published source?]
  68. ^ Tansi, a native of Matera, constructed the Sacristy and the flight of steps of the cathedral. Giuliani, p. 23. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 284 with note 3.
  69. ^ Cirillo built the Choir in the cathedral. Giuliani, p. 23. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 284 with note 4.
  70. ^ Carafa: Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 285 with note 5.
  71. ^ Angeletti: Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 285 with note 6.
  72. ^ Loyero: Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306 with note 2.
  73. ^ Puglia was born in Laurino (diocese of Capaccio) in 1691. He was a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) from the Sapienza in Rome (1737). He was Archpriest of the Collegiate Chapter of Laurino, and then served as Vicar-General in the dioceses of Tolentino, San Severino, Cingoli, Fossombrone, and Tivoli. He died on 5 February 1773. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306 with note 3.
  74. ^ Pace was appointed Bishop of Vico Equense on 10 May 1773. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306 with note 3.
  75. ^ Mandarani: Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306 with note 4.
  76. ^ Pellegrini was born in Langobardi (diocese of Tropea) in 1736. He obtained the title of Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) from the University of Naples (1768). He served as Procurator of the Poor in the papal Nunciature in Naples (1766), serving as teacher of theology. In 1768 he was named Vicar-General of the diocese of Nocera, then of Acerenza (1775), and of Taranto (1785). Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies nominated him to the diocese of Nicastro on 31 October 1797, and he was confirmed by Pope Pius VI on 29 January 1798. Pellegrini was consecrated a bishop in Rome on 2 February 1798 by Cardinal Hyacinthe Sigismond Gerdil. He resigned on 12 May 1818, as the new Concordat between the Holy See and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies went into effect. He died in his birthplace on 13 March 1822 at the age of 86. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 306 with note 5.
  77. ^ Papa reopened the seminary, which had been closed since the time of Bishop Mandarani. He was transferred to the diocese of Sorrento on 20 December 1824. Giuliani, p. 25.
  78. ^ Berlingeri was born in Cotrone in 1774. He had been Dean of the Cathedral of Cotrone. Diario di Roma (1825) numero 1, p. 1.
  79. ^ Barberi was born in Squillace in 1806. He was a doctor of theology. He served as Prior of the Neapolitan Province of the Dominicans. In the summer of 1862 Bishop Barberi was a strong supporter of the Plebiscite on the Kingdom of Italy. Il mediatore giornale settimanale politico, religioso, scientifico, letterario (in Italian). Torino: Stamperia dell'Unione Tipografico-Editrice. 1862. pp. 1143–1145.  He was assigned a Coadjutor bishop in the person of Giuseppe Candido, titular bishop of Lampsacus (Turkey) on 18 November 1881; and then, on 1 June 1888, Domenico Maria Valensise, titular bishop of Askalon (Palestine). Il Monitore ecclesiastico (in Italian). Volume II. Maratea. 1879. p. 142.  La Civiltà cattolica. Serie decimaterza (in Italian). Vol. X. Roma: La Civiltà Cattolica. 1888. p. 747. 
  80. ^ Valensise had been named Coadjutor Bishop on 1 June 1888.
  81. ^ Regine was born in Forio d'Ischia (diocese of Ischia) in 1856. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Nicastro and titular Bishop of Ascalon (Palestine) on 9 June 1902. He was named Bishop of Nicastro by Pope Leo XIII on 4 Oct 1902. He was appointed Archbishop of Trani e Barletta (e Nazareth e Bisceglie) by Pope Benedict XV on 6 December 1915. He died on 4 October 1918. Annuario Pontificio 1912 (Roma 1912), p. 147. Onofrio Buonocore (1948). La Diocesi d'Ischia dall'origine ad oggi (in Italian). Naples: Rispoli. pp. 67–69.  Ritzler-Sefrin, VIII, pp. 125, 407. Giovanni Saladino, Giovanni Régine vescovo di Nicastro. Un pastore di san Pio X, Soveria Mannelli (Catanzaro), Calabria letteraria, 1992.
  82. ^ Cantafora (in Italian) was born in Scandale (province of Crotone) in 1943. He studied at the Minor Seminary in Crotone and the regional Major Seminary in Catanzaro. After ordination in 1969 he served as chancellor of the Curia in Crotona (1970–1973), priest of SS. Veneranda and Anastasia in Crotone, and then Rector of S. Giuseppe (1970–1975). He was episcopal vicar for pastoral affairs (1975), and an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Crotone (1989). He was appointed a member of the diocesan College of Consultors (1994–1999), and then Administrator of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Crotone (from 2001). He was Vicar Forane for the city of Crotone.





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

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