Roman Catholic Diocese of Ruvo

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The diocese of Ruvo was a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Apulia, southern Italy, which existed until 1986, when it was united into the diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi. From 1818 to 1982, it was united with the diocese of Bitonto, as the diocese of Ruvo and Bitonto.[1][2]


Ruvo di Puglia has a late Apulian Romanesque cathedral dating to the 11th-12th centuries. Outside of the city are the ruins of a more ancient cathedral, possibly of the late fourth or early fifth century.

According to legend St. Peter appointed to the see as its first bishop Cletus, later pope. We read also of a St. Procopius, Bishop of Ruvo, of unknown date; Bishop Joannes, spoken of in 493, is the first prelate of the city known with certainty.

Others were:

In 1818 the Diocese of Ruvo, which comprised only the commune of Ruvo, was united æque principaliter to the See of Bitonto, which included only the commune of Bitonto.[3]


Diocese of Ruvo[edit]

Latin Name: Rubensis
Erected: 6th Century
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Bari (-Canosa)

Diocese of Ruvo e Bitonto[edit]

Latin Name: Rubensis et Bituntinus
United: 27 June 1818 with the Diocese of Bitonto
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Bari (-Canosa)

  • Niccola Marone (15 Feb 1838 - 18 Jun 1853 Resigned)
  • Vincenzo Materozzi (12 Sep 1853 - 8 Jul 1884 Died)
  • Luigi Bruno (8 Jul 1884 Succeeded- 10 Jan 1893 Died)
  • Tommaso de Stefano (Stefani) (19 Jan 1893 - 24 Mar 1898 Appointed, Archbishop of Trani e Barletta (e Nazareth e Bisceglie))
  • Pasquale Berardi (24 Mar 1898 - 21 Apr 1921 Appointed, Archbishop of Gaeta)
  • Placido Ferniani (7 Apr 1922 - 22 May 1925 Died)
  • Domenico del Buono (24 Jul 1925 - 16 Jan 1929 Died)
  • Andrea Taccone (27 Aug 1929 - 30 Apr 1949 Resigned)
  • Aurelio Marena (16 Mar 1950 - 21 Nov 1978 Retired)
  • Antonio Bello (30 Sep 1982 - 30 Sep 1986 Appointed, Bishop of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi)

30 September 1986: United with and suppressed to the Diocese of Molfetta-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi


  1. ^ "Diocese of Ruvo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved November 30, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Ruvo" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ "Bishop Cristoforo Memmolo, C.R." David M. Cheney. Retrieved November 24, 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.