Roman Catholic Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello

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Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello
Dioecesis Pitilianensis-Soanensis-Urbetelliensis
Campanile e Facciata Duomo di Pitigliano.jpg
Location
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino
Statistics
Area 2,177 km2 (841 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
71,536
71,000 (99.3%)
Parishes 71
Information
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 7th century
Cathedral Cattedrale di SS. Pietro e Paolo (Pitigliano)
Co-cathedral Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Orbetello)
Former cathedral: Former cattedrale di SS. Pietro e Paolo (Sovana)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Guglielmo Borghetti
Map
Italy Tuscany Diocese map Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello.svg
Website
www.diocesipitigliano.it
former cathedral in Sovana (left) Co-cathedral in Orbetello (right)

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello (Latin: Dioecesis Pitilianensis-Soanensis-Urbetelliensis) is a Latin suffragan see in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Siena-Colle di Val d'Elsa-Montalcino, in Tuscany.[1][2]

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Duomo/Cattedrale di Ss. Pietro e Paolo, dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, in Pitigliano, a part of Grosseto, which municipality in Toscana also has

  • the Co-Cathedral: Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (S. Biagio), dedicated to the Assumption and St. Biagio, in Orbetello
  • the former Cathedral: Antica Cattedrale di S. Pietro Apostolo Antica, dedicated to the Apostle Peter, in Sovana.

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 70,000 Catholics (97.1% of 72,100 total) on 2,177 km² in 71 parishes with 65 priests (54 diocesan, 11 religious), 9 deacons, 68 lay religious (13 brothers, 55 sisters) and 5 seminarians.

History[edit]

The two towns, Sovana and Pitigliano, are situated in the Province of Grosseto, Central Italy. The bishopric was established in 670 as Diocese of Sovana, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Siena, without formal precursor. Sovana was an ancient Etruscan city, and preserved a certain importance till the end of the thirteenth century, having been from the days of Charlemagne the capital of the counts of Aldobrandeschi, lords of Southern Tuscany.

  • In 1230 the diocese lost territory to Territorial Abbacy of Santi Vincenzo ed Anastasio alle tre Fontane. In 1240 the city withstood a siege by Emperor Frederick II. Later it passed under the sway of the Orsini family, who transferred their residence to Pitigliano, mentioned for the first time in 1081. In 1401 it fell into the power of the Republic of Siena. In 1434 Count Gentile Orsini having been killed at Sovana, the people of Pitigliano put the town to fire and sword, and brought about its destruction.
  • The territory of this diocese includes the Vallombrosan Abbey of Monte Calvello, which was transferred in 1496 to within the city limits.
  • On 1844.01.11 it was renamed as Diocese of Sovana–Pitigliano / Soanen(sis)–Pitilianen(sis) (Latin) as the former collegiate church of Saints Peter and Paul in Pitigliano became the new cathedral, its name accordingly being added to the diocesan title, albeit (yet) in second place.
  • On 1981.03.25 it was again renamed as Diocese of Sovana–Pitigliano–Orbetello (Italian) / Soanen(sis)–Pitilianen(sis)–Urbetellien(sis) (Latin), having gained territory from the suppressed Territorial Abbacy of Santi Vincenzo ed Anastasio alle tre Fontane
  • On 1986.09.30 it was finally renamed as Diocese of Pitigliano–Sovana–Orbetello / Pitilianen(sis)–Soanen(sis)–Urbetellien(sis) (Latin), putting its actual see first.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Latin Rite) Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Siena

Suffragan Bishops of Sovana

Latin Name: Soanensis

incomplete, notably in the first centuries
BIOS TO ELABORATE
  • Domenico Maria della Ciaja, O.P. (14 June 1688 - 23 Jan 1713 Died)
  • Fulvio Salvi (11 Dec 1713 - 23 May 1727 Died)
  • Cristoforo Palmieri (8 March 1728 - 26 March 1739 Died)
  • Antonio Vegni (16 Nov 1739 - 15 August 1744 Died)
  • Nicolaus (Arcangelo) Bianchini, O.C.D. (28 Nov 1746 - 22 May 1750 Died)
  • Segherio Felice Seghieri (19 Jul 1751 - 27 July 1758 Died)
  • Tiberio Borghesi (29 March 1762 - 1 June 1772 Appointed, Archbishop of Siena)
  • Gregorio Alessandri (14 June 1773 - 20 May 1776 Appointed, Bishop of Cortona)
  • Francesco Pio Santi (16 Sep 1776 - 16 August 1789 Died), resisted the innovations of Leopold and the Synod of Pistoia.
  • Filippo Ghighi (20 Sep 1802 - 10 Jan 1830 Died)
  • Giacomo Bellucci (30 Sep 1831 - 1 Nov 1831 Died)
  • Francesco Maria Barzellotti (2 July 1832 - 15 August 1861 Died)
Suffragan Bishops of Sovana e Pitigliano

Latin Name: Soanensis et Pitilianensis

BIOS TO ELABORATE
  • Antonio Sbrolli (27 Oct 1871 - July 1885 Resigned)
  • Giulio Matteoli (11 Feb 1889 - 22 June 1896 Appointed, Bishop of Pescia)
  • Michele Cardella, (C.P.) (30 Nov 1896 - 6 Feb 1916 Died)
  • Riccardo Carlesi (8 July 1916 - 23 May 1923 Appointed, Bishop of Cortona)
  • Gustavo Matteoni (29 April 1924 - 3 March 1932 Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Siena)
  • Stanislao Amilcare Battistelli, C.P. (24 June 1932 - 14 Feb 1952 Appointed, Bishop of Teramo e Atri)
  • Pacifico Giulio Vanni, O.F.M. (10 May 1952 - 13 July 1963 Resigned)
  • Luigi Pirelli (14 August 1963 - 14 August 1964 Died)
  • Giovanni D’Ascenzi (7 Oct 1975 - 11 April 1983 Appointed, Bishop of Arezzo)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Renato Spallanzani (1967 – 1970.04.23)
    • Auxiliary Bishop: Adelmo Tacconi (1970.04.23 – 1975)
Suffragan Bishops of Sovana-Pitigliano-Orbetello

Name Changed: 25 March 1981
Latin Name: Soanensis-Pitilianensis-Urbetelliensis

BIOS TO ELABORATE
  • Eugenio Binini (3 Dec 1983 - 20 July 1991 Appointed, Bishop of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli)
  • Giacomo Babini (7 Dec 1991 - 13 July 1996 Appointed, Bishop of Grosseto)
  • Mario Meini (13 July 1996 - 13 Feb 2010 Appointed, Bishop of Fiesole)
  • Guglielmo Borghetti (25 June 2010 - 10 Jan 2015 Appointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Albenga-Imperia)
  • Giovanni Roncari, O.F.M. Cap. (1 Oct 2015 - ... )

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved December 4, 2015
  2. ^ "Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016

Sources and external links[edit]

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

Coordinates: 42°38′04″N 11°40′06″E / 42.6344°N 11.6683°E / 42.6344; 11.6683