Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli

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Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli
Vicariatus Apostolicus Tripolitanus
Location
Country Libya
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Area 1,150,000 km2 (440,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
4,500,000
70,000 (1.6%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Bishop George Bugeja

The Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Tripolitanus) is a Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate (pre-diocesan Latin missionary jurisdiction) in Tripolitania (northwestern, coastal Libya).

It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province) and depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Although still named after its see, is has no cathedral see anymore since Tripoli Cathedral was converted into a Muslim mosque.

Pro-cathedral of St. Francis in Tripoli

Currently the temporary cathedral is the pro-cathedral of St. Francis located in the city of Tripoli that simultaneously serves as a parish church.[1]

History[edit]

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Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 50,000 Catholics (0.8% of 6,204,000 total) on 1,000,000 km² in one (cathedral) parish and 15 missions with 5 priests (1 diocesan, 4 religious) and 18 lay religious (6 brothers, 12 sisters).[3]

Ordinaries[edit]

[4](all Roman Rite; so far European members of a missionary Latin order, notably the Friars Minor, O.F.M.)

Apostolic Prefects of Tripoli
  • Friar Pascal Canto, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1643 – ?)
  • Pietro Tognoletto da Palermo, O.F.M. (? – ?)
  • Girolamo da Castelvetrano, O.F.M. (1675 – ?)
  • Maurizio da Lucca, O.F.M. (1691 – 1698)
  • Giovanni Francesco da Varese, O.F.M. (1698 – death 1700.06.07)
  • Nicolò da Chio, O.F.M. (1700.08.17 – 1707.02)
  • Francesco Maria da Sarzana, O.F.M. (1707 – 1713.04.09)
  • Pietro da Castelfranco, O.F.M. (1713.08.21 – 1719?)
  • Gian Andrea da Vignolo, O.F.M. (1719? – ?)
  • Bernardino da Lucca, O.F.M. (1746 – 1748)
  • Benvenuto da Rose, O.F.M. (? – 1783)
  • Clemente da Montalboldo, O.F.M. (1783 – 1788?)
  • Candido di Genova, O.F.M. (? – ?)
  • Gaudenzio da Trento, O.F.M. (1790? – 1795)
  • Pacifico da Monte Cassiano, O.F.M. (1800? – ?)
  • Benedetto da San Donato, O.F.M. (? – death 1824)
  • Filippo da Coltibuono, O.F.M. (? – death 1832)
  • Venanzio da San Venanzio, O.F.M. (1843 – ?)
  • Ludovico da Modena, O.F.M. (? – death 1843)
  • Angelo Maria da Sant’Agata, O.F.M. (? – death 1869)
Tripoli Cathedral before conversion into a mosque
Apostolic Vicars of Libya
  • Carlo da Borgo Giovi, O.F.M. (? – death 1899)
  • Giuseppe Bevilacqua da Barrafranca, O.F.M. (? – death 1904)
  • Bonaventura Rossetti, O.F.M. (1907.08 – ?); also? Apostolic Prefect of Rhodes and adjacent islands (insular Greece) (? – ?)
  • Ludovico Antomelli, O.F.M. (February 23, 1913 – March 10, 1919), Titular Bishop of Leptis Magna (1913.02.23 – 1919.03.10); later Bishop of Bagnoregio (1919.03.10 – 1924.03.24), Bishop of Lodi (Italy) (1924.03.24 – death 1927.06.19)
  • Giacinto Tonizza, O.F.M. (August 7, 1919 – February 3, 1927 see below), Titular Bishop of Parætonium (1919.08.07 – death 1935.04.16)
Apostolic Vicars of Tripolitan(i)a
  • Giacinto Tonizza, O.F.M. (see above February 3, 1927 – death April 16, 1935)
Apostolic Vicars of Tripoli

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