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Djinet is located in Algeria
Coordinates: 36°52′37″N 3°43′23″E / 36.876977°N 3.723121°E / 36.876977; 3.723121
Country  Algeria
Province Boumerdès
District Bordj Ménaïl
Population (2008)
 • Total 21,966
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Djinet is a town and commune in Boumerdès Province, Algeria and the site of Ancient bishopric Cissi, which relains a Latin catholic titular see.

According to the 1998 census it had a population of 20,022.[1]


In Roman times, Djinet was called Cissi and was among the many twon of sufficient importance in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis to become a suffragan diocese of the Metropolitan of Carthage, in the papal sway. Ptolemy called it Κισσή (Greek 'Kissi'). It appears also in the Tabula Peutingeriana.[2]

Two of its bishops are historically documented :

  • At a Conference of Carthage (411) between Catholic and schismatic Donatist bishops, where their heresey was condemned as such, Cissi was represented only by a Donatist bishop named Flavosus. The Latin adjective referring to Cissi, Cissitanus, is applied to him in the account of that conference. In the 19th century, Morcelli took the adjective Cessitanus to refer to Cissi, and supposed instead that the name of the Cissi bishop at the conference was Quodvultdeus, whom Ferron rather attributed to the see of Cissita, [2][3]which was in Africa Proconsularis and presently in Tunisia (Sidi-Tabet?,).
  • In 484, Bishop Reparatus of Cissi was one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian king Huneric of the Vandal kingdomsummoned to Carthage and then exiled like most Catholic bishops.[2][3]

It faded completely, plausibly at the seventh century advent of Islam. In the 19th century, the ruins of a 4th or 5th-century Christian church could still be easily distinguished at Cape Djinet, but little trace now remains.[2]

Titular see[edit]

The diocese was nominally restored in 1933 as Latin Titular bishopric of Cissi (Latin = Curiate Italian) / Cissitan(us) (Latin adjective).[4]

It has had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting Episcopal (lowest) rank :


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statoids
  2. ^ a b c d J. Ferron, v. Cissi, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Parigi 1953, coll. 851-852
  3. ^ a b Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 138
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 871

Sources and external links[edit]

Bibliography - ecclesiastical history
  • Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 138
  • J. Ferron, lemma 'Cissi' in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Paris 1953, coll. 851-852

Coordinates: 36°53′N 3°43′E / 36.883°N 3.717°E / 36.883; 3.717