Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa

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Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa
Basic data
Country Italy
Church region Basilicata
Ecclesiastical province Ecclesiastical province of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo
Metropolitan bishopric Archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo
Diocesan bishop Ciro Fanelli
Emeritus diocesan bishop Gianfranco Todisco POCR
founding September 30, 1986
surface 1,316 km²
Parishes 33 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Residents 87,000 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Catholics 81,000 (2016 / AP 2017 )
proportion of 93.1%
Diocesan priest 33 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Religious priest 13 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Catholics per priest 1,761
Permanent deacons 8 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Friars 13 (2016 / AP 2017 )
Religious sisters 48 (2016 / AP 2017 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Italian
cathedral Santa Maria Assunta in Melfi
Website www.diocesimelfi.it/

The diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa ( Latin Dioecesis Melphiensis-Rapollensis-Venusina , Italian Diocesi di Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa ) is a small diocese of the Roman Catholic Church located in the southern Italian province of Basilicata with a bishopric in the city of Melfi .

It belongs to the ecclesiastical region of Basilicata of the ecclesiastical province of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo . The diocese was created in September 1986 from the union of the two small historical dioceses Melfi-Rapolla and Venosa.


Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Melfi
Cathedral of Sant'Andrea in Venosa

The history of the Diocese of Venosa goes back to the 3rd century. The names of the bishops have been secured for around 500 years. The two historical dioceses Rapolla and Melfi were probably founded at the same time by Nicholas II during the Norman era in the 11th century. According to the information provided by the Liber censuum , both were immediate. The importance of Melfi as an important regional center is evident from the fact that several important church assemblies were held here in the 11th century. At a synod in the summer of 1059, Pope Nicholas II recognized the legitimacy of the claims of the two Norman leaders Robert Guiscard and Richard von Aversa to the possession of the territories conquered by the two in southern Italy. In return, they took an oath of fief to the Pope. In 1089, under Pope Urban II, a church assembly also took place in Melfi. With this further measures against the priestly marriage were decided. Married sub-deacons should lose their office; in case of incorrigibility, her wife should be awarded to the sovereign as a slave. The excommunication against the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I , originally against Nikephorus III. had been pronounced, was canceled and the emperor was offered military support against the infidels, as well as promised to restrain the Normans in southern Italy from attacks against eastern Roman territory. At the same time, the pressure on the Orthodox church leaders in southern Italy to recognize Roman supremacy increased. On May 16, 1528, the two dioceses of Melfi and Rapolla were united under Pope Clement VII . On September 30, 1986 the Diocese of Venosa was incorporated .

Bishop of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa

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