Roman Catholic Diocese of Retimo–Ario

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Retimo Latin: Dioecesis Rhithymnensis) was a Roman Catholic diocese located in the town of Rethymo (modern day Rethymno) on the north coast of the island of Crete.[1][2] It was established around 1250 AD. On 5 November 1551, it was renamed as Diocese of Retimo–Ario (Italian) / Rhithymnensis–Ariensis (Latin) and gained territory from the suppressed Roman Catholic Diocese of Ario.

Bishops of Rethymo[edit]

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Bishops of Rethymo-Ario[edit]

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Titular see[edit]

With the Ottoman conquest of Crete, around 1650?, the residential diocese was suppressed and listed as titular bishopric of Rhithymna (Latin) / Retimo (Italian).

In 1936, the titular see was suppressed, having has had the following incumbents, all of the lowest (episcopal) rank :

  • Francesco Trevisan Suarez (1728.11.15 – 1738.11.24)
  • José Ignacio Cienfuegos Arteaga (1828.12.15 – 1832.12.17)
  • Marco Antonio Maiz (1844.07.25 – 1848.05.15)
  • William Wareing (1858.12.21 – 1865.12.26)
  • James David Richards (1871.01.13 – 1893.11.30)
  • Paul Pellet, Society of African Missions (S.M.A.) (1895.01.15 – 1914.03.11)
  • Americo Bevilacqua (1915.01.22 – 1918.02.02), previously Bishop of Alatri (Italy) (1909.04.29 – 1915.01.22); later Titular Archbishop of Scythopolis (1918.02.02 – death 1926.03.20)
  • António Antunes (1919.09.12 – 1936.03.01)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Diocese of Rethymo". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved June 16, 2018. (for Chronology of Bishops)self-published
  2. ^ Chow, Gabriel. "Titular Episcopal See of Rhithymna (Greece)". GCatholic.org. Retrieved June 16, 2018. (for Chronology of Bishops)self-published

Coordinates: 35°15′00″N 24°35′00″E / 35.2500°N 24.5833°E / 35.2500; 24.5833