Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Genoa

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Archdiocese of Genoa
Archidioecesis Ianuensis
Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Genoa
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Genoa
Area 966 km2 (373 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
672,482 (84.0%)
Rite Roman
Established 3rd Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo
Secular priests 273 (diocesan)
220 (Religious Orders)
30 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco
Auxiliary Bishops Nicolò Anselmi
Emeritus Bishops Tarcisio Bertone
Roman Catholic Diocese of Genova in Italy.jpg
Website (in Italian)

The Archdiocese of Genoa (Latin: Archidioecesis Ianuensis) is a metropolitan see of the Catholic Church in Italy. Erected in the 3rd century, it was elevated to an archdiocese on 20 March 1133.[1] The archdiocese of Genoa was, in 1986, united with the diocese of Bobbio-San Colombano, forming the Archdiocese of Genoa-Bobbio; however a split in 1989 returned it to the Archdiocese of Genoa. [2][3]

Suffragans include the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, Diocese of Chiavari, Diocese of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato, Diocese of Savona-Noli, Diocese of Tortona, and Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo.


In October 1118, Pope Gelasius II arrived in Genoa from Pisa, having fled from the violence of the Frangipani family in Rome. On 10 October he consecrated the church of Ss. Lorenzo e Siro in Genoa.[4]

An Archbishopric[edit]

In 1130 the diocese of Genoa faced a series of crises. In Rome, Pope Honorius II died on 13 February 1130. Two separate conclaves were held, and each elected a pope, Anacletus II (Petrus Pierleoni) and Innocent II (Gregorius Papareschi). Both sides immediately appealed for recognition and support from the King of the Romans, Lothair of Supplinburg. At the time, Lothair was in a fierce struggle against Conrad III (Hohenstaufen} for the imperial crown, who had been crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy by Archbishop Anselm of Milan in 1128. For this act he and the city of Milan were placed under papal interdict.[5] Innocent was not able to maintain himself in Rome against the opposition of the majority of the Cardinals, of the clergy, of the nobility, and of the people of Rome, though for a time he held the Trastevere; in May or June he fled the City, and arrived in Pisa c. 20 June, and on 2 August he was in Genoa. Meanwhile, in Milan, Archbishop Anselm had announced his support for Pope Anacletus, though a substantial number of Milanese objected to his choice and campaigned for Innocent. The opposition was led by the Archpriest, Stephanus Guandeca, who brought the people around to repudiating Anacletus, recognizing Innocent, and deposing Anselm.

The Annales Genuenses of Caffaro di Caschifellone, a contemporary of Bishop Syrus, states that Pope Innocent was present when Syrus was elected Bishop of Genoa, but that he was consecrated in the same year by Pope Innocent at Sanctus Egidius (near the later city of Montpellier).[6] Archbishop Jacobus de Varagine, however, seems to say that Innocent consecrated Syrus Bishop of Genoa when he was staying in Genoa.[7] At the time of his election as bishop, Syrus was already a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, having been named by Innocent himself earlier in the year 1130.[8] In any case, Pope Innocent and his Court were transported to southern France by the galleys of the Genoese navy, for which the Pope was grateful. It was one of the considerations in his naming the bishops of Genoa to the rank of archbishop.

Pope Innocent returned to Italy in April 1132, and took up residence in Pisa in January 1133. The See of Milan was vacant, and Pope Innocent took the opportunity, on 20 March 1133, to remove Genoa from the Metropolitanate of Milan, and create a new Metropolitanate at Genoa, with Syrus as its first Archbishop.[9] Five days later, the Pope wrote again, extending the use of the pallium and naming Syrus and his successors Commendatory Abbots of the monastery of S. Syro.[10] The new suffragans of the Metropolitanate of Genoa were: Mariana, Nebbio, and Accia (on Sardinia); Bobbio, and Brugnato (newly created), to which was added the diocese of Albenga, formerly in the Metropolitanate of Milan.

According to Pope Innocent II's bull, the archbishop of Genoa was to be consecrated only by the pope. This stipulation was changed by Pope Alexander III in a bull of 9 April 1161, which specified that the archbishop of Genoa, like the archbishop of Pisa, was to be consecrated by his suffragan bishops.[11] Another bull of 25 March 1162 repeated the order.[12]


  • Diogenes (attested 381)[13]
[Appellinus (c. 617)][19]
  • Sabbatinus (attested 876, 877)[20]
  • Theodulfus (c. 945)[21]
  • Conradus Mezanello (c. 1084)
  • Cyriacus (c. 1090)
  • Augurius (1095–1098)
  • Airaldo Guaraco (1099–1117)[22]
  • Otto (1117–1120)[23]
Sede vacante (1120–1123)
  • Sigifredus (1123–1129)[24]
  • Syrus (1130-1163)[25]


to 1400[edit]

1400 to 1700[edit]

since 1700[edit]


Of the diocese’s 278 parishes, most are in the Province of Genoa, Liguria; the rest are in the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont. [33][full citation needed] In 2013, there was one priest for every 1,248 Catholics; in 2016, there was one priest of every 1,364 Catholics.


Province of Genoa[edit]

Santi Nazario e Celso
S. Pietro Apostolo
S. Antonio Abate (Salto Chiesa)
S. Margherita Vergine e Martire (Testana)
S. Lorenzo (Vescina Vecchia)
S. Maria Assunta
Visitazione di Maria SS. (Cisiano)
S. Giovanni Battista (Terrusso)
S. Ambrogio (Traso)
S. Siro (Viganego)
Natività di Maria SS.
S. Bernardo di Favaro
Ascensione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo e Nostra Signora della Neve (Sessarego)
S. Giorgio
S. Maria Assunta
S. Michele Arcangelo (Ruta)
S. Fruttuoso di Capodimonte (San Fruttuoso di Camogli)
S. Rocco (San Rocco di Camogli)
S. Bernardo Abate
S. Bartolomeo (Cravasco)
S. Michele Arcangelo (Gallaneto)
S. Rocco (Gazzolo)
S. Andrea Apostolo (Isoverde)
S. Siro (Langasco)
S. Stefano (Larvego)
Ascensione di Nostro Signore (Pietralavezzara)
S. Andrea Apostolo di Morego (San Quirico)
S. Bartolomeo
S. Lorenzo di Torbi
S. Maria Assunta
S. Martino (Chiesa di Paravanico)
SS. Nome di Gesù (Geo)
S. Pietro Apostolo
S. Stefano
S. Andrea Apostolo (Calvari)
S. Giovanni Battista (Marsiglia)
S. Colombano Abate (Moranego)
Diecimila Martiri Crocifissi
Gesù Adolescente
Maria SS. della Misericordia e S.Fede
Mater Ecclesiae
Natività di Maria SS. di Quezzi
Nostra Signora Assunta e S.Zita
Nostra Signora degli Angeli
Nostra Signora del Carmine e S.Agnese
Nostra Signora del Rimedio
Nostra Signora del Rosario
Nostra Signora della Consolazione e S. Vincenzo Martire
Nostra Signora della Guardia di Quezzi
Nostra Signora della Misericordia e S.Giovanni Battista
Nostra Signora della Provvidenza
Nostra Signora delle Grazie e S.Gerolamo
Nostra Signora di Loreto di Oregina
Nostra Signora di Lourdes e S.Bernardo
Regina Pacis
Risurrezione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo
S. Antonio in Boccadasse
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo di Staglieno
S. Caterina of Genoa
S. Cuore e S. Giacomo di Carignano
S. Desiderio
S. Donato
S. Eusebio
S. Famiglia
S. Fruttuoso
S. Gerolamo dell’Istituto G.Gaslini
S. Gerolamo di Quarto
S. Giacomo Maggiore di Molassana
S. Giorgio di Bavari
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Giovanni Evangelista di Prè
S. Giuseppe Al Lagaccio
S. Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo
S. Giuseppe di Priaruggia
S. Gottardo
S. Lorenzo
S. Lorenzo di Premanico
S. Luca
S. Marcellino
S. Marco Al Molo
S. Margherita di Marassi
S. Maria Assunta di Carignano
S. Maria Assunta di Molassana
S. Maria Dei Servi
S. Maria della Castagna
S. Maria delle Nasche
S. Maria delle Vigne
S. Maria di Castello
S. Maria di Granarolo
S. Maria Immacolata
S. Maria Immacolata
S. Maria Immacolata e S.Torpete
S. Maria in Apparizione
S. Maria Maddalena e S.Gerolamo Emiliani
S. Martino d’Albaro
S. Matteo Apostolo ed Evangelista
S. Michele Arcangelo di Montesignano
S. Nicola Da Tolentino
S. Pancrazio
S. Paolo
S. Pietro
S. Pietro Apostolo
S. Pietro Apostolo di Fontanegli
S. Pietro Apostolo e S.Teresa del Bambino Gesù
S. Pietro di Cremeno
S. Pio X
S. Rocco di Molassana
S. Rocco di Vernazza
S. Rocco Sopra Principe
S. Sabina
S. Siro
S. Sisto Ii P. M. e Natività di Maria SS.
S. Stefano
S. Teodoro
S. Tommaso Apostolo e S.Leone
Santi Angeli Custodi
Santi Cosma e Damiano
Santi Nazario e Celso e S. Francesco d’Albaro
Santi Pietro e Bernardo Alla Foce
Santi Pietro e Paolo
Santi Vittore e Carlo
SS. Annunziata del Chiappeto
SS. Annunziata del Vastato
SS. Annunziata di Sturla
SS. Redentore
SS. Sacramento e S.Antonino
SS. Salvatore e S.Croce
SS. Trinità e S. Benedetto Al Porto
Nostra Signora della Neve (Bolzaneto)
S. Francesco Alla Chiappetta (Bolzaneto)
S. Martino di Murta (Bolzaneto)
S. Pietro Apostolo di Cremeno (Bolzaneto)
S. Stefano in Geminiano (Bolzaneto)
Nostra Signora di Lourdes in Campi (Cornigliano Ligure)
S. Giacomo Apostolo (Cornigliano Ligure)
Santi Andrea e Ambrogio (Cornigliano Ligure)
Nostra Signora della Mercede e S.Erasmo (Nervi)
S. Giuseppe e Padre Santo (Nervi)
S. Ilario (Nervi)
S. Maria Assunta (Nervi)
S. Siro (Nervi)
Nostra Signora Assunta e S.Nicola Da Tolentino in Chiesino (Pegli)
S. Antonio Abate (Pegli)
S. Carlo di Cese (Pegli)
S. Francesco d’Assisi (Pegli)
S. Maria e Santi Nazario e Celso in Multedo (Pegli)
S. Maria Immacolata e S.Marziano (Pegli)
Santi Martino e Benedetto (Pegli)
S. Antonino Martire in Cesino (Pontedecimo)
S. Giacomo Maggiore (Pontedecimo)
S. Giovanni Bosco della Rimessa (Pontedecimo)
Maria Madre del Buon Consiglio (Prà)
Nostra Signora del Soccorso e S.Rocco (Prà)
S. Maria Assunta (Prà)
Nostra Signora dell’Aiuto di Trasta (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Ambrogio di Fegino (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Anna di Teglia (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Bartolomeo della Certosa (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Caterina Vergine e Martire in Begato (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Croce e Maria Ausiliatrice (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Giovanni Battista della Costa di Rivarolo (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Maria Assunta (Rivarolo Ligure)
S. Maria del Garbo in Polcevera (Rivarolo Ligure)
SS. Nome di Gesù (Rivarolo Ligure)
Cristo Re (Sampierdarena)
Natività di Maria SS. (Sampierdarena)
Nostra Signora del SS.Sacramento (Sampierdarena)
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo di Promontorio (Sampierdarena)
S. Bartolomeo del Fossato (Sampierdarena)
S. Giovanni Bosco e S.Gaetano (Sampierdarena)
S. Maria della Cella e S.Martino (Sampierdarena)
S. Maria della Vittoria (Sampierdarena)
S. Maria delle Grazie (Sampierdarena)
Sacro Cuore di Gesù Al Campasso (Sampierdarena)
S. Biagio (San Quirico in Val Polcevera)
S. Maria Assunta del Serro (San Quirico in Val Polcevera)
Santi Quirico e Giulitta (San Quirico in Val Polcevera)
Natività di Maria SS. e S.Nicola Da Tolentino (Sestri Ponente)
Natività di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo (Sestri Ponente)
Nostra Signora Assunta (Sestri Ponente)
Nostra Signora della Misericordia e S.Lorenzo Martire in Borzoli (Sestri Ponente)
S. Famiglia e S.Giorgio (Sestri Ponente)
S. Francesco d’Assisi (Sestri Ponente)
S. Giovanni Battista (Sestri Ponente)
S. Pietro Ai Prati (Sestri Ponente)
S. Stefano di Borzoli (Sestri Ponente)
Spirito Santo (Sestri Ponente)
SS. Annunziata della Costra (Sestri Ponente)
Nostra Signora di Lourdes e S.Giuseppe di Prato (Struppa)
S. Giovanni Battista in Aggio (Struppa)
S. Martino di Struppa (Struppa)
S. Siro di Struppa (Struppa)
Santi Cosma e Damiano di Struppa (Struppa)
Nostra Signora degli Angeli (Voltri)
Nostra Signora della Misericordia e S.Bernardo (Voltri)
S. Ambrogio (Voltri)
S. Bartolomeo delle Fabbriche (Voltri)
S. Eugenio in Crevari (Voltri)
S. Lorenzo in Chiale (Voltri)
S. Michele di Fiorino (Voltri)
Santi Nicolò ed Erasmo (Voltri)
Isola del Cantone
S. Michele Arcangelo
S. Antonio Abate
S. Giacomo Maggiore (Fado Alto)
S. Ambrogio
S. Bambino Gesù e S.Giuseppe (Barriera)
S. Fruttuoso (Fumeri)
Ascensione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo (Giovi)
S. Andrea (Montanesi)
S. Maria Assunta (Paveto)
S. Giovanni Battista Decollato
Pieve Ligure
S. Michele Arcangelo
Nostra Signora delle Grazie
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Rocco
S. Martino (Polanesi)
Ronco Scrivia
S. Martino Vescovo
S. Maria Assunta (Borgo Fornari)
S. Margherita
S. Olcese
S. Maria Assunta (Comago)
S. Martino (Manesseno)
Nostra Signora del Rosario di Pompei e S.Bernardo (Torrazza)
Santi Rocco e Sebastiano (Trensasco)
S. Giuseppe di Isorelle (Ponte di Savignone)
S. Bartolomeo di Vallecalda (San Bartolomeo)
Serra Riccò
S. Maria Assunta
Nostra Signora della Mercede (Mainetto)
S. Lorenzo (Orero di Serra Riccò)
SS. Annunziata (Pedemonte)
Santi Cornelio e Cipriano (San Cipriano Chiesa)
Natività di Maria SS. (Valleregia di Serra Riccò)
S. Bartolomeo Apostolo
S. Margherita Vergine e Martire
S. Maria Assunta (Canepa)
S. Pietro Apostolo (Capreno)
S. Apollinare (Sant’Apollinare)
S. Maria Immacolata (Sussisa)
S. Lorenzo (Teriasca)
S. Martino
Cristo Re e Maria SS.Immacolata (Cassanesi)
S. Francesco d’Assisi (Piandeipreti)
S. Ambrogio
Nostra Signora di Caravaggio (Calcinara)
S. Cuore di Gesù e S.Rocco (Terrile)
S. Maria delle Grazie (Carsi)
S. Michele Arcangelo (Clavarezza)
SS. Nome di Maria (Frassinello)
S. Lorenzo (Pareto)
S. Maria Assunta (Senarega)
S. Maria delle Grazie
Nostra Signora della Neve e S.Gaetano (Alpe)
Santi Cosma e Damiano (Arezzo)
Natività di Maria SS. (Noceto di Vobbia)
S. Antonio di Salata (Salata)
S. Maria Assunta (Vallenzona)


Province of Alessandria[edit]

Arquata Scrivia
S. Andrea Apostolo (Rigoroso)
S. Nicolò di Bari (Sottovalle)[34]
Santi Pietro e Marziano
S. Croce (Capanne di Marcarolo)
S. Stefano (Costa Santo Stefano)
S. Maria Assunta
Santi Bernardo Abate e Lorenzo Martire (Castagnola di Fraconalto)
Nostra Signora della Misericordia (Molini)
S. Pietro Apostolo (Tegli)
S. Giacomo Maggiore
Santi Antonio Abate e Fermo Martire (Alice)
Santi Cosma e Damiano (Monterotondo)
Nostra Signora della Neve (Pratolungo)
Nostra Signora Consolata (Rovereto)
Mongiardino Ligure
S. Ruffino (Cerendero)
S. Giovanni Battista (Maggiolo)
S. Pietro Apostolo (Vergagni)
Parodi Ligure
Santi Rocco e Sebastiano
Santi Remigio e Carlo (Cadepiaggio)
S. Maria di Tramontana (Tramontana)
S. Maria Assunta e Santi Nazario e Celso

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kehr, p. 266 no. 5.
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Genova {Genoa}" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 28, 2016
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Genova" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 28, 2016
  4. ^ Ughelli, IV, p. 851.
  5. ^ Pietro Verri (1834). Storia di Milano (in Italian). Tomo 1. Milano: Societa tipografica de' classici italiani. pp. 183–186. 
  6. ^ Cappelletti, p. 319. Other Genoese prelates were summoned to S. Egidio in 1130 to do business, including Aldeb ert, abbot of S. Syro. Kehr, p. 280 nos. 4-8.
  7. ^ ...Innocentius Papa Secundus Januae consistens, cum sedes Ianuensis tunc vacaret, ipsum Ianuensi ecclesie in episcopum ordinavit. Muratori, Rerum Italicarum Scriptores, Tomus IX (Milan: Societas Palatina 1726), p. 37.
  8. ^ Barbara Zenker, Die Mitglieder des Kardinalkollegiums von 1130 bis 1159 (Wurzburg 1964), pp. 192-193, no. 158. There are no signatures of Archbishop Syrus as a cardinal, and his Roman titular church is unknown. He signs a papal bull only once, as Archbishop of Genoa.
  9. ^ Semeria, pp. 56-57.
  10. ^ Kehr, p. 266 nos. 5 and 6. Innocent was writing from Grosseto.
  11. ^ Atti della Società Ligure di Storia Patria (in Italian and Latin). Vol. II. Genova: Società Ligure di Storia Patria. 1870. p. 411. 
  12. ^ Kehr, p. 268 no. 13.
  13. ^ Diogenes was present at the provincial council of Aquileia in 381. J. D. Mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus III (Florence: A. Zatta 1759), p. 600. Grassi, p. 4. Lanzoni, p. 835. The eight bishops following Diogenes and Paschasius (in parentheses) in the list of Gams, p. 815, have no historical foundation, destituti d'ogni prova, as Lanzoni indicates at p. 840.
  14. ^ There is no mention of a Salomone in connection with Genoa until 1584, when Cardinal Cesare Baronio inserted his name in his edition of the Roman Martyrology. Salomo was actually a bishop of Geneva in the fifth century. Grassi, p. 4. Lanzoni, p. 839.
  15. ^ Paschasius was present at a synod of Archbishop Eusebius of Milan in 451, and signed the synodal letter sent to Pope Leo I. Grassi, p. 4. Lanzoni, p. 835.
  16. ^ Felix belongs at the end of the 5th century, according to Grassi, p. 4.
  17. ^ Pope Gregory I (590–804), in his Dialogues (IV. 53), refers to Syrus as a martyr. Grassi suggests, p. 4 col. 2, that he belongs after 523. Lanzoni, pp. 836-837, no. 5.
  18. ^ Lanzoni, p. 838, points out that there is no chronological indication of the dates of Remo's episcopate, and that Semeria (p. 27), followed by Gams, places him in 641 on insufficient evidence.
  19. ^ Gams lists him as a schismatic bishop of Genoa. Lanzoni, p. 840, points out that he was actually a bishop of Geneva, not Genoa.
  20. ^ Bishop Sabbatinus was present at the Council of Pavia in 876, and the Council of Ravenna in 877. Semeria, p. 39.
  21. ^ Grassi, pp. 11-12.
  22. ^ Airardus died on 6 August 1117. Grassi, pp. 33-38.
  23. ^ Otto: Grassi, p. 38.
  24. ^ Bishop Sigfried died on 17 July 1129. Grassi, p. 38.
  25. ^ Syrus was elected bishop at the beginning of August 1130, and promoted to the status of Metropolitan and Archbishop on 20 March 1133. He died on 30 October 1163. Cappelletti, pp. 319-332. Gams, p. 815.
  26. ^ Bishop Ugo attended the Third Lateran Council in March 1179. He died on 12 June 1188. Semeria, pp. 61-66. Cappelletti, pp. 332-340.
  27. ^ Jacopo was consecrated in Rome by Cardinal Latino Orsini on 13 April 1292. Semeria, pp. 66-71.
  28. ^ Gentile: Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 225 with note 3.
  29. ^ Spinola: Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 226 with note 4.
  30. ^ Fieschi was born in Genoa in 1642. He obtained the degree Doctor in utroque iure (Canon and Civil Law) from the Sapienza in Rome. He served as governor of Campania, Perugia and Macerata. He became secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in 1689. He had been Archbishop of Avignon (1690–1705), and in 1691 was appointed temporarily Papal Legate in Avignon. He was transferred to the diocese of Genoa on 18 May 1705, and named a cardinal on 17 May 1706, with the titular church of Santa Maria della Pace. He died in Genoa on 1 May 1726. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, pp. 24 no. 6; 109 with note 6; 226 with note 5.
  31. ^ Born in Albisola (Savona) in 1657, Franchi held the usual degree of master of theology. He was approved in Consistory by Pope Benedict XIII on 1 July 1726, and consecrated and invested with the pallium by the Pope on 7 July. He died on 20 February 1746. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 226 with note 6.
  32. ^ Arcidiocesi di Genova, Archvescovo, Biografia di Angelo Cardinale Bagnasco; retrieved: 2018-06-21. (in Italian)
  33. ^ Source: Archived 2008-03-14 at the Wayback Machine. (retrieved:2008-03-13)
  34. ^ The database, which identifies this as part of Gavi, is out of date. Sottovalle passed to the commune of Arquata Scrivia in 2007. See Cambiano i confini tra Gavi e Arquata Scrivia (AL) Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine., Crpnet.


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Coordinates: 44°24′27″N 8°55′54″E / 44.4075°N 8.9316°E / 44.4075; 8.9316