Roman Catholic Diocese of Senigallia

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Diocese of Senigallia
Dioecesis Senogalliensis
Cathedral of Senigallia
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Ancona-Osimo
Area 580 km2 (220 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
120,205 (92%)
Parishes 57
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Pietro Apostolo
Secular priests 72 (diocesan)
13 (religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giuseppe Orlandoni
Emeritus Bishops Odo Fusi Pecci
Diocesi di Senigallia.svg

The Diocese of Senigallia (Latin: Dioecesis Senogalliensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in the Marche, Italy. It has existed since the sixth century. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo.[1][2]


Historically and until 2000, the diocese of Senigallia was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Urbino. Currently in the diocese there are 1,414 Catholics for every priest.

The patron saint of Senigallia is St. Paulinus, whose body is preserved in the cathedral (as is attested for the first time in 1397). He is, therefore, not identical with Paulinus of Nola, nor is it known to what epoch he belongs. The first bishop of certain date was Venantius (502).

About 562 the bishop was St. Bonifacius, who at the time of the Lombard invasion was martyred by the Arians. Under Bishop Sigismundus (c. 590) the relics of St. Gaudentius, Bishop of Rimini and martyr, were transported to Senigallia.

Other bishops of the diocese are:

Under Bishop Antonio Colombella (1438), an Augustinian, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, lord of Senigallia and Rimini, angered by his resistance to the destruction of certain houses, caused the cathedral and the episcopal palace to be demolished. The precious materials were transported to Rimini and were used in the construction of S. Francesco (tempio Malatestiano). Under Bishop Marco Vigerio Della Rovere (1513) the new cathedral was begun in 1540; it was consecrated in 1595 by Pietro Ridolfi (1591), a learned writer.


Diocese of Senigallia[edit]

Erected: 6th Century
Latin Name: Senogalliensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo



  1. ^ "Diocese of Senigallia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Senigallia" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Pietro Ridolfi, O.F.M. Conv." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Muzio Dandini" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 16, 2016

External links[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: 43°42′47″N 13°13′06″E / 43.7131°N 13.2183°E / 43.7131; 13.2183