Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste

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Diocese of Trieste
Dioecesis Tergestina
Trieste Cattedrale di San Giusto frontside.jpg
Trieste Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Gorizia
Area 134 km2 (52 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
221,700 (91.7%)
Parishes 60
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Giusto Martire
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi
Emeritus Bishops Eugenio Ravignani
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste in Italy.svg
Diocesi di Trieste

The Italian Roman Catholic Diocese of Trieste (Latin: Dioecesis Tergestina) in the Triveneto, has existed since no later than 524, and in its current form since 1977. The bishop's seat is in Trieste Cathedral. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Gorizia.[1][2]


Frugifer, consecrated in 524, was the first bishop of Trieste; the diocese was then a suffragan of the archdiocese of Aquileia.

Among the bishops were:

From 1787 a series of administrative changes took place, beginning with the suppression of the diocese of Pedena, which was added to that of Trieste. Emperor Joseph II then abolished the diocese of Trieste in 1788, merging it into the archdiocese of Gradisca. In 1791 Joseph's brother, Emperor Leopold II, divided the archdiocese of Gradisca into the newly created diocese of Gorizia-Gradisca, or Görz-Gradisca, and a re-created diocese of Trieste, appointing as its bishop the tutor of his children Sigismund Anton, Count of Hohenwart. Later attempts were made to suppress the see again, but the emperor decreed its preservation, appointing Ignatius Cajetanus von Buset zu Faistenberg bishop.[3] After his death in 1803 the see remained vacant for eighteen years, because of the disorders caused by Napoleon.

Emperor Franz II finally appointed Antonio Leonardis da Lucinico as the new bishop of Trieste in 1821. In 1828 the Slovenian diocese of Koper, or Capodistria-Koper, was united with Trieste, after which it was known as the Diocese of Trieste-Koper (Capodistria),[4] or Triest-Capo d'Istria (in the German spelling).

Bishop Bartholomew Legat was present at the Synod of Vienna in 1849, where he defended the views of the minority in the First Vatican Council. In 1909 Bishop Franz Xaver Nagl was appointed coadjutor cum jure successionis to the ninety-year-old Cardinal Prince-Archbishop Anton Gruscha of Vienna.

In 1977 Koper / Capodistria became an independent diocese once more, leaving the diocese of Trieste in its present state.[5]


Diocese of Trieste[edit]

Erected: 6th Century
Latin Name: Tergestinus
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Gorizia


Diocese of Trieste e Capodistria[edit]

United: 30 June 1828 with the Diocese of Capodistria and territory added from the suppressed Diocese of Novigrad
Latin Name: Tergestinus et Iustinopolitanus
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Gorizia

  • Matteo Raunicher (30 Sep 1831 - 20 Nov 1845 Died)
  • Bartolomeo Legat (21 Dec 1846 - 12 Feb 1875 Died)
  • Juraj (Giorgio) Dobrila (5 Jul 1875 - 13 Jan 1882 Died)
  • Giovanni Nepomuceno Glavina (3 Jul 1882 - 1895 Resigned)
  • Andrija Marija Sterk (25 Jun 1896 - 17 Sep 1901 Died)
  • Franz Xaver Nagl (9 Jun 1902 - 19 Jan 1910 Confirmed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Vienna)
  • Andrea Karlin (6 Feb 1911 - 15 Dec 1919 Resigned)
  • Angelo Bartolomasi (15 Dec 1919 - 11 Dec 1922 Appointed, Bishop of Pinerolo)
  • Luigi Fogar (9 Jul 1923 - 30 Oct 1936 Resigned)
  • Antonio Santin (16 May 1938 - 28 Jun 1975 Retired)

Diocese of Trieste[edit]

17 October 1977: Split into the Diocese of Koper and the Diocese of Trieste

  • Lorenzo Bellomi (17 Oct 1977 - 23 Aug 1996 Died)
  • Eugenio Ravignani (4 Jan 1997 - 4 Jul 2009 Retired)
  • Giampaolo Crepaldi (4 Jul 2009 - )


  1. ^ "Diocese of Trieste" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Trieste" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Bishop Ignatius Cajetanus von Buset zu Faistenberg [Catholic-Hierarchy]
  4. ^ also including the titular diocese of Aemona (Cittanova)
  5. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  6. ^ "Bishop Giacomo Balardi Arrigoni, O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Pompeo Coronini" David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Antonio Marenzi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 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. 

Coordinates: 45°38′47″N 13°46′20″E / 45.6465°N 13.7722°E / 45.6465; 13.7722