Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie

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Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (-Nazareth)
Archidioecesis Tranensis-Barolensis-Vigiliensis (-Nazarensis)
Cattedrale Trani apr06 01.jpg
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Area 701 km2 (271 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
279,680 (95.7%)
Parishes 64
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Trani Cathedral
Co-cathedral Bisceglie Cathedral, Barletta Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri
Emeritus Bishops Carmelo Cassati, M.S.C.

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (Latin: Archidioecesis Tranensis-Barolensis-Vigiliensis (-Nazarensis)), in Apulia, received its current name in 1986. The historic archdiocese of Trani was elevated from a diocese in the eleventh century. It was combined with the diocese of Bisceglie in 1818.[1] [2] Its metropolitan is now the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[3]

Titles and dioceses[edit]

The Archbishop of Trani has also the title of Bishop of Nazareth; in 1190 the title of that see was transferred to the diocese of Barletta (the ancient Barduli). From 1828 the archdiocese was the archdiocese of Trani e Nazareth e Bisceglie, from 1860 archdiocese of Trani e Barletta (e Nazareth e Bisceglie), and currently it is correctly archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (-Nazareth)

In 1455 the diocese of Cannae (Italian Canne) was united with that of Nazareth. Cannae was destroyed in 1083 by Robert Guiscard, with the exception of the cathedral and the episcopal residence. It had bishops in the sixth century, for Gregory the Great entrusted the see to the care of the bishop of Siponto; its bishops are again mentioned after the tenth century. In 1534 Cannae was separated from Nazareth and united to the diocese of Monteverde, but in 1552 the united dioceses were incorporated with Nazareth. In 1860 the See of Nazareth (Barletta) was united with Trani, the archbishop of which had been appointed in 1818 perpetual administrator of the see of Bisceglie.

With the See of Trani is united the ancient diocese of Salpe (Salapia of the Greeks), its known bishops comprising Palladius (465) and 23 successors before the definitive union in 1547. Another is the see of Carnia, which had bishops before the time Gregory, who entrusted it to the care of the Bishop of Reggio Calabria; in 649 it had a new ordinary, but later the city fell into decay.


The legend of St. Magnus relates that there was at Trani about the middle of the third century a bishop, Redemptus, who was succeeded by St. Magnus. The first bishop whose date is known with certainty is Eusebius who was present at the dedication of the Basilica of Monte Gargano in 493. A few other names have been preserved like Suthinius (761) and Rodostanus (983). Till then Trani had certainly followed the Latin Rite and Bishop Bernardo opposed the decree of the Partiarch Polyeuctus (968) introducing the Greek Rite; it is uncertain whether Joannes, bishop of Trani, who embraced the schism of Michael Caerularius and in consequence was deposed by Pope Nicholas II (1059), belonged to the Greek Rite. His successor was Delius, and thenceforward Trani continued in the Latin Rite.

In 1098 Nicholas Pellegrino, a Byzantine bishop, died there; under another Byzantine the new cathedral was dedicated to that saint. Bertrand II (1157–87) tried to arrange a Byzantine–Sicilian marriage alliance. Samarus was granted the lordship of the Jews of Trani by Emperor Henry VI for his support against Tancred. Bartolommeo Brancacci (1328) distinguished himself on several embassies and was chancellor of the Kingdom of Naples.


Diocese of Trani[edit]

Erected: 6th Century

Archdiocese of Trani[edit]

Elevated: 11th Century

Territory Added: 1547 from suppressed Diocese of Salpi

Archdiocese of Trani e Bisceglie[edit]

United with Diocese of Bisceglie: 27 June 1818

  • Gaetano Maria de Franci (19 Apr 1822 Confirmed - 26 Jun 1847 Died)

Archdiocese of Trani e Nazareth e Bisceglie[edit]

Name Changed: 22 September 1828

  • Giuseppe de’ Bianchi Dottula (22 Dec 1848 Confirmed - 22 Sep 1892 Died)

Archdiocese of Trani e Barletta e Nazareth e Bisceglie[edit]

Latin Name: Tranensis et Barolensis (et Nazarensis et Vigiliensis)
Name Changed: 21 April 1860

  • Domenico Marinangeli (16 Jan 1893 - 5 Feb 1898 Appointed, Titular Patriarch of Alexandria)
  • Tommaso de Stefano (Stefani) (24 Mar 1898 - 19 May 1906 Died)
  • Francesco Paolo Carrano (1 Sep 1906 - 18 Mar 1915 Died)
  • Giovanni Régine (6 Dec 1915 - 4 Oct 1918 Died)
  • Giuseppe Maria Leo (17 Jan 1920 - 20 Jan 1939 Died)
  • Francesco Petronelli (25 May 1939 - 16 Jun 1947 Died)
  • Reginaldo Giuseppe Maria Addazi, O.P. (10 Nov 1947 - 3 Jul 1971 Resigned)
  • Giuseppe Carata (28 Aug 1971 - 15 Dec 1990 Retired)

Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (-Nazareth)[edit]

Latin Name: Archidioecesis Tranensis-Barolensis-Vigiliensis (-Nazarensis)
Name Changed: 30 September 1986

  • Carmelo Cassati, M.S.C. (15 Dec 1990 - 13 Nov 1999 Retired)
  • Giovanni Battista Pichierri (13 Nov 1999 - )


Co-cathedrals: Barletta Cathedral (left), Bisceglie Cathedral (right)


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (-Nazareth)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  4. ^ "Archbishop Scipione de Tolfa" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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Coordinates: 41°16′00″N 16°25′00″E / 41.2667°N 16.4167°E / 41.2667; 16.4167