Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano

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Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano
Archidioecesis Cosentinus-Bisinianensis
Duomo cosenza1.jpg
Cathedral of Cosenza
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Cosenza-Bisignano
Area 979 sq mi (2,540 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
381,000 (99.5%)
Parishes 127
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 7th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Cosenza)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Bisignano)
Patron saint Madonna del Pilerio
Francesco di Paola
Beato Umile da Bisignano
Secular priests 163
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Salvatore Nunnari
Suffragans sees: Cassano all’Jonio
Archdiocese of Rossano-Cariati
San Marco Argentano-Scalea
Emeritus Bishops Giuseppe Agostino
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The Italian Catholic archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano in Calabria has been a metropolitan see since 2001.


The Gospel was first preached in Cosenza by missionaries from Reggio; its earliest known bishop is Palumbus, a correspondent (599) of St. Gregory the Great.[1] Cosenza was erected as a diocese in 700.[2] Cosenza was raised to the dignity of an archbishopric about 1050. Among the best known Archbishops of Cosenza have been: Ruffo, who perished in the earthquake of 1184; the Cistercian Martino (1285), a prolific but uncritical writer; Pirro Caracciolo (1452), the friend of St. Francis of Paula; Bartolommeo Fleury, who died at Rome (1495) in Castle Sant' Angelo, where he had been imprisoned for forgery of pontifical documents; Taddeo, later Cardinal, Gaddi (1535), who obtained from Paul IV the privilege by which the cathedral canons of Cosenza wear the choir habit of the Vatican basilica; and Giuseppe Maria Sanfelice (1650), frequently charged by the Holy See with diplomatic missions.[1]

In 1908, The diocese has a population of 159,500, with 109 parishes, 264 churches and chapels, 200 secular and 16 regular priests, 2 religious houses of men and 5 of women.[1]

On April 4, 1979, the Archdiocese was united with the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano as Cosenza e Bisignano retaining the former Diocese of Bisignano[3] with remainder renamed as the Diocese of San Marco Argentano-Scalea.[4] On September 30, 1986, the Archdiocese was renamed to Cosenza-Bisignano and was elevated to a Metropolitan See on January 30, 2001.[3]

Minor Basilicas[edit]

  • Basilica della Catena, Laurignano, Cosenza, Calabria
  • Basilica of St. Francis of Paola, Paola, Cosenza, Calabria
  • Sanctuary-Basilica of the Blessed Angelo of Acri, Cosenza, Cosenza, Calabria[2]


  1. ^ a b c Wikisource-logo.svg "Cosenza". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  2. ^ a b "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cosenza–Bisignano". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano". All Dioceses. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Diocese of San Marco Argentano–Scalea". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 39°18′00″N 16°15′00″E / 39.3000°N 16.2500°E / 39.3000; 16.2500