Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce

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Archdiocese of Lecce
Archidioecesis Lyciensis
Lecce cathedral main entrance.jpg
Lecce Cathedral
Location
Country  Italy
Ecclesiastical province Lecce
Statistics
Area 750 km2 (290 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
274,517
273,697 (99.7%)
Parishes 77
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1057 (960 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Secular priests 122 (diocesan)
58 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Domenico Umberto D’Ambrosio
Map
Lecce Diocesi.png
Website
www.diocesilecce.org

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Lecce (Latin: Archidioecesis Lyciensis) in Apulia, southern Italy, has existed as a diocese since 1057.[1] On 28 September 1960, in the bull Cum a nobis, Pope John XXIII separated the diocese of Lecce from the ecclesiastical province of Otranto and made it directly subject to the Holy See. In the bull Conferentia Episcopalis Apuliae issued on 20 October 1980, Pope John Paul II created the ecclesiastical province of Lecce, with the Archdiocese of Otranto becoming a suffragan diocese.[2][3]

History[edit]

Many years ago, Lecce was known as Lupiæ. Beginning around the year 1060, Lecce became a county seat. One of its notable counts, Tancred of Lecce, contested Emperor Henry VI for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Another count was Gautier de Brienne, a cousin of Tancred.

Bishops and Archbishops of Lecce[edit]

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  • Teodoro Bonsecolo (c.1057)
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  • Roberto Vultorico (c.1214), who restored the cathedral
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  • Nicola Caputo de' Marchesi di Cerreto (21 Dec 1818 – 6 Nov 1862 died)
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  • Valerio Laspro (6 May 1872 – 20 Mar 1877), subsequently appointed Archbishop of Salerno (-Acerno)
  • Salvatore Luigi Zola, CRL (22 Jun 1877 – 27 Apr 1898 died)
  • Evangelista (Michael Antonio) di Milia, OFM Cap. (10 Nov 1898 – 17 Sep 1901 died)
  • Gennaro Trama (14 Feb 1902 – 9 Nov 1927 died)
  • Alberto Costa (7 Dec 1928 – 2 Aug 1950 died)
  • Francesco Minerva (17 Dec 1950 – 27 Jan 1981 retired)
  • Michele Mincuzzi (27 Jan 1981 – 7 Dec 1988 retired)
  • Cosmo Francesco Ruppi (7 Dec 1988 – 16 Apr 2009 retired)
  • Domenico Umberto D'Ambrosio (16 Apr 2009 – present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Lecce (Archdiocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Lecce" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 29 February 2016
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lecce" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved 29 February 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Tommaso Morganti" 'Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Curello Ciccaro" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Tommaso Ammirato, O.S.B." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Antonio Ricci" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Antonio de' Tolomei" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Giacomo Piscicelli" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  10. ^ "Bishop Giovanni Antonio Acquaviva d'Aragona" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 January 2016
  11. ^ founded the hospital and other institutions for children and the poor
  12. ^ "Bishop Scipione Spina " Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 March 2016
  13. ^ Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. pp. 134 and 220–221. 
  14. ^ "Bishop Luigi Pappacoda" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 27 January 2017

Books[edit]

  • De Simone, Lecce e i suoi dintorni (Lecce, 1874)
  • Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia, XXI.

External links[edit]

Acknowledgment[edit]

 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: 40°21′07″N 18°10′09″E / 40.3520°N 18.1691°E / 40.3520; 18.1691