Roman Catholic Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti

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Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti
Dioecesis Altamurensis-Gravinensis-Aquavievensis
Puglia Altamura1 tango7174.jpg
Cathedral in Altamura
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Bari-Bitonto
Area 1,309 km2 (505 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
163,735 (97.1%)
Parishes 40
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1248 (768 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedral Basilica Concattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Concattedrale di S. Eustachio
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Mario Paciello

The Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti (Latin: Dioecesis Altamurensis-Gravinensis-Aquavievensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Apulia, southern Italy, created in 1986. In that year, the territorial prelature of Altamura e Acquaviva delle Fonti was united with the diocese of Gravina. The present diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[1][2]

The seat of the bishop is at Altamura Cathedral, with Acquaviva Cathedral and Gravina Cathedral as co-cathedrals.


Altamura was once a territorial prelature: an archipresbyterate, declared exempt from episcopal jurisdiction by Pope Innocent IV in 1248, and again by Pope Innocent VIII (1484–92). Acquaviva delle Fonti, a town of the Campagna, was declared similarly exempt by Pope Pius IX and united with Altamura on 17 August 1848.[3]


Territorial Prelature of Altamura[edit]

Erected: 1248
Latin Name: Altamurensis

  • Luigi Marcello Pellegrini (1879-1894 Died)
  • Carlo Caputo (1897-1904 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Germany)
  • Tommaso Cirielli (1899-1902 Died)
  • Carlo Giuseppe Cecchini, O.P. (1904-1909 Appointed, Archbishop of Taranto)
  • Adolfo Verrienti (1910-1929 Resigned)
  • Domenico Dell'Aquila (1932-1942 Died)
  • Giuseppe Della Cioppa (1943-1947 Appointed, Bishop of Alife)

Territorial Prelature of Altamura ed Acquaviva delle Fonti[edit]

Name Changed: 17 August 1848
Latin Name: Altamurensis et Aquavievensis
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Bari-Canosa

Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti[edit]

30 September 1986: United with the Diocese of Gravina
Latin Name: Altamurensis-Gravinensis-Aquavievensis

  • Agostino Superbo (1994-1997 Resigned)
  • Mario Paciello (1997-2013 Retired)
  • Giovanni Ricchiuti (2013-)


  1. ^ "Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 30, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 30, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

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

Co-cathedrals: Gravina Cathedral (left) Acquaviva Cathedral (right)

Coordinates: 40°49′00″N 16°33′00″E / 40.8167°N 16.5500°E / 40.8167; 16.5500