Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës

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Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës
Archidioecesis Tiranensis-Dyrracenus
Kryedioqeza e Tiranë-Durrës
Location
Country Albania
Ecclesiastical province Tiranë-Durrës
Statistics
Area 2,263 km2 (874 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
1,206,000
135,400 (11.2%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Established 13th century
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana
Co-cathedral St.Lucia Co-cathedral Durrës
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop George Frendo
Auxiliary Bishops George Anthony Frendo, O.P.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës (Latin: Archidioecesis Tiranensis-Dyrracenus) is a Latin Metropolitan archdiocese in Albania.

Its cathedral episcopal see is Katedrale e Shën Palit, in the city of Tiranë, where also stand the former Cathedral: Kisha e Zemrës së Shenjtë të Jezusit Kisha e Zemrës së Shenjtë të Jezusit.

History[edit]

  • Established in 1209 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Durrës
  • Demoted circa 1400? as Archdiocese of Durrës
  • In 1640, it gained territories from the suppressed Diocese of Arbano and from the Diocese of Stephaniacum
  • On 10 March 1926 it lost territory to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (in Ionian insular Greece)
  • Renamed on December 23, 1992 to Archdiocese of Durrës–Tiranë
  • On 7 December 1996, it lost territory to a suffragan, the Rrëshen
  • January 25, 2005: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tiranë–Durrës
  • Enjoyed a papal visit from Pope Francis in September 2014.

Province[edit]

Its ecclesiastical province includes the Metropolitan's own Archdiocese and the following Suffragan sees :

Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Metropolitan Archbishops of Durrës
  • incomplete
  • ...
  • Antonio (1296? – 1301?)
  • Pietro (1303? – 1304?)
  • Matteo (1320? – death 1334?)
  • Pietro da Geronsa, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1340.03.23 – ?)
  • Angelo, O.F.M. (1344 – ?)
  • Antonio da Alessandria, O.F.M. (1349.05.25 – ?), previously Titular Archbishop of Hierapolis (1346.07.31 – 1349.05.25)
  • Demetrio (1363.12.20 – ?), previously Bishop of Stephaniacum (? – 1363.12.20)
  • Giovanni (1388.09.28 – ?)
  • Stefano da Napoli, Carmelites (O. Carm.) (1394.06.03 – ?)
  • Giovanni Panella (1395.05.15 – 1399.05.16; died 1418?), previously Bishop of Ferentino (Italy) (1392.03.08 – 1395.05.15) and Bishop of Sulmona (Italy) (1395 – ?); later Archbishop-Bishop of Capaccio (Italy) (1399.05.16 – 1405.04.13), Bishop of Muro Lucano (Italy) (1405.04.13 – 1418?)
  • Leonardo Piermicheli (1399.06.05 – ?)
Exempt Archbishops of Durrës
  • Minore (1403.09.13 – ?), previously Bishop of Suacia (? – 1403.09.13)
  • Giovanni di Durazzo, Dominican Order (O.P.) (1412.10.01 – death 1422)
  • Nicola di Cosma, O.F.M. (1422.07.06 – ?)
  • Giovanni de Monte (1429.10.21 – death 1441?)
  • Giacomo da Cortino (1457.01.26 – ?)
  • Stefano Birello, Servites (O.S.M.) (1458.03.09 – death 1459)
  • Paolo Angelo (1460.05.19 – ?)
  • Nicola Barbuti, O.P. (1469.05.05 – ?)
  • Marco Cattaneo (1474.11.16 – death 1487.08)
  • Martino Firmani (1492.02.18 – 1499.08.06)
  • Francesco Quirini (1499.11.27 – death 1505.08.01), previously Bishop of Šibenik (Croatia) (1491 – 1495)
  • Nicola Foresio (1505.09.01 – death 1510)
  • Gabriele Mascioli Foschi, Augustinians (O.E.S.A.) (1511 – death 1534.10.25)
  • Giorgio Stemagu (1535.06.21 – death 1540?)
  • Ludovico Bianchi, Conventual Franciscans (O.F.M. Conv.) (1540.04.16 – ?)
  • Decio Carafa (1608? – 1613.01.07), previously Titular Archbishop of Damascus (1606.05.17 – 1611.08.17), Apostolic Nuncio (papal ambassador) to Spain (1607.05.22 – 1611.08); created Cardinal-Priest of S. Lorenzo in Panisperna (1612.05.07 – 1612.06.18), transferred Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni e Paolo (1612.06.18 – 1626.01.23), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Napoli (Italy) (1613.01.07 – 1626.01.23), Apostolic Nuncio to Austria-Hungary (1621 – death 1626.01.23)
  • Antonio Provana (1622.07.21 – 1632.01.07), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Torino (Italy) (1632.01.07 – death 1640.07.25)
  • Girolamo Greco (1634 – ?)
  • Marcus Scura, O.F.M. (1640.09.10 – death 1656.04.27), previously Bishop of Arbano (1635.10.01 – death 1640.09.10)
  • Nicola Carpegna (1657.08.27 – death 1670)
  • Gerardo Galata (1670.05.19 – death 1696?)
  • Apostolic Administrator Nicola Vladagni (1698.06.27 – 1700.03.30), while Bishop of Lezhë (Albania) (1692.10.15 – 1705?)
  • Pietro Zumi (1700.03.30 – death 1720)
  • Pietro Scurra (1720.09.30 – death 1737), previously Bishop of Pult (Albania) (1719.05.15 – 1720.09.30)
  • Giovanni Galata (1739.01.26 – death 1752), previously Bishop of Sapë (Albania) (1720.09.30 – 1728.11.15) and Apostolic Administrator of Pult (Albania) (1720.12.23 – 1728.11.15), Bishop of Lezhë (Albania) (1728.11.15 – 1739.01.26)
  • Nicolò Angelo Radovani (1752.12.18 – death 1774?)
  • Tommaso Mariagni (1774.06.27 – death 1808?)
  • Paul Galata (1808 – death 1836.08.12), succeeding as former Coadjutor Archbishop of Durrës (1803.09.09 – 1808) & Titular Bishop of Tænarum (1803.09.09 – 1808)
  • Nicola Bianchi (1838.06.26 – death 1843.05.17)
  • Giorgio Labella, O.F.M. (1844.11.26 – death 1847.06.04)
  • Raffaele d’Ambrosio, O.F.M. (1847.12.17 – 1893.07.14), later Titular Archbishop of Acrida (1893.07.14 – ?)
  • Primo Bianchi (1893.07.17 – 1922), later Titular Archbishop of Cassiope (see) (1922.06.12 – death 1927.08.19)
  • Francesco Melchiori, O.F.M. (1922.05.22 – death 1928), succeeding as former Coadjutor Archbishop of Durrës (1921.09.28 – 1922.05.22) & Titular Archbishop of Modon (1921.09.28 – 1922.05.22
  • Pietro Gjura (1929.05.15 – death 1939.07.09)
  • Nikollë Vinçenc Prennushi, O.F.M. (1940.06.26 – 1952), also Apostolic Administrator of Southern Albania of the Albanese (Albania) (1946 – 1949.03.19); previously Bishop of Sapë (Albania) (1936.01.27 – death 1940.06.26)
  • Apostolic Administrator Nikollë Troshani ((1958.04.18 – 1992), Titular Bishop of Cisamus (1958.04.18 – death 1994.05.25), no other office
Archbishop of Durrës–Tiranë
  • Archbishop Rrok Kola Mirdita (1992.12.25 – 2005.01.25 see below), also President of Episcopal Conference of Albania (1997 – 2000)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Tiranë-Durrës

See also[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°19′29″N 19°49′19″E / 41.3247°N 19.8219°E / 41.3247; 19.8219