Titular Archbishop of Aquileia
|Titular see of Aquileia|
|Titular Archbishop||Charles John Brown|
The titular see is one of the last vestiges of the once powerful Patriarchate of Aquileia. It was suppressed in the eighteenth century. In 1968 Aquileia became a titular non-residential archbishopric. Among the more recent holders were:
- Joseph Cardinal Höffner from 6 Jan 1969 to 24 Feb 1969
- Michele Cecchini from 26 Feb 1969 to 26 Apr 1989
- Marcello Costalunga from 10 Dec 1990 to 5 May 2010
- Charles John Brown who was appointed on 26 Nov 2011.
The office of Patriarch of Aquileia had become contentious with both the Republic of Venice and the Habsburg Empire contesting the right to nominate the Archbishop because both Venetian and Austrian Dioceses were subject to the Patriarchate.
In 1751 with the 6 July bull Injunctio Nobis, the Pope Benedict XIV divided the patriarchate into two archdioceses; one at Udine, with Venetian Friuli for its territory, the other at Gorizia, with jurisdiction over Austrian Friuli. Of the ancient patriarchate, once so proud and influential, there remained but the parish church of Aquileia. It was made immediately subject to the Apostolic See and to its rector was granted the right of using episcopal insignia seven times in the year.
- "Aquileia". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.