Roman Catholic Diocese of Andria

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Diocese of Andria
Dioecesis Andriensis
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Country Italy
Metropolitan Bari-Bitonto
Area 799 km2 (308 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
135,000 (96.3%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 11th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Patron saint Richard of Andria [1]
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Raffaele Calabro

The Italian Catholic diocese of Andria is in Apulia, seated at Andria Cathedral. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[2]


Tradition assigns the Christian origin of Andria to an Englishman, St. Richard, chosen as bishop by Pope Gelasius I, about 492 AD. The diocese dates probably back to the time of Gelasius II, elected Pope in 1118. The first Bishop of Andria known to history is mentioned in the Translation of St. Nicholas Pilgrim, celebrated in Trani in 1143, but it does not give his name. A Richard of Andria was present at the Eleventh Ecumenical Council (Third Lateran, 1179) held under Pope Alexander III.[3]

It was united with the diocese of Montepeloso, from 1452 to 1479.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

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

Coordinates: 41°13′54″N 16°18′30″E / 41.23167°N 16.30833°E / 41.23167; 16.30833