Archdiocese of Bologna

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Archdiocese of Bologna
Map of the Archdiocese of Bologna
Basic data
Country Italy
Church region Emilia-Romagna
Ecclesiastical province Bologna
Diocesan bishop Matteo Maria Cardinal Zuppi
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Ernesto Vecchi
Vicar General Giovanni Silvagni
founding 1582
surface 3,549 km²
Parishes 412 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Residents 999.070 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Catholics 943,957 (2018 / AP 2019 )
proportion of 94.5%
Diocesan priest 342 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Religious priest 190 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Catholics per priest 1,774
Permanent deacons 153 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Friars 247 (2018 / AP 2019 )
Religious sisters 689 (2018 / AP 2019 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Italian
cathedral San Pietro in Bologna
Suffragan dioceses Diocese of Faenza-Modigliana
Archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio
Diocese of Imola
Ecclesiastical province
Map of the ecclesiastical province of Bologna
Development of membership numbers

The Archdiocese of Bologna ( Latin : Archidioecesis Bononiensis , Italian : Arcidiocesi di Bologna ) located in Italy is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church with its seat in Bologna .

General information

The archbishop is metropolitan of the dioceses of Faenza-Modigliana , Imola and the archdiocese of Ferrara-Comacchio .

The Archbishop of Bologna, one of the largest dioceses in Italy, has always been a cardinal (since Scipione Borghese 1610).


The diocese was founded in the 3rd century. Towards the end of the 4th century it was incorporated into the ecclesiastical province of Milan and in the fifth century into the ecclesiastical province of Ravenna. During the clashes between empire and papacy in the Middle Ages, the bishops of Bologna remained loyal to the pope for the most part.

On December 10, 1582, the diocese of Bologna was by Pope Gregory XIII. raised to the archbishopric and metropolitan seat. Despite opposition from the previous metropolitan, the Archbishop of Ravenna, Pope Clement VIII confirmed Gregory XIII's decision in 1604. In 1796 the French occupied the archbishopric areas and pursued an anti-religious policy. After Carlo Oppizzoni (1802–1855) was able to mediate during his 53-year term in office, after his death and especially after joining the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1859, anti-clerical sentiment reappeared. From 1859 to 1882 the Archbishops Michele Viale-Prelà , Filippo Maria Guidi , Carlo Luigi Morichini and Lucido Maria Parocchi could not reside in the archbishop's palace.

Bishops and archbishops

Giacomo Lercaro , Archbishop of Bologna from 1952 to 1968, was one of the formative personalities of the Second Vatican Council .

Seven (arch) bishops of Bologna later became Popes: John X in 914, Innocent VII (previously Cosma Migliorati) in 1404, Nicholas V (Tommaso Parentucelli) in 1447, Julius II (Giuliano della Rovere) in 1503, Gregory XV . (Alessandro Ludovisi) 1621, Benedict XIV. (Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini) 1740 and finally Benedict XV. (Giacomo Della Chiesa) 1914.

See also

Dean's offices / parishes

  1. Vicariato di Bologna Centro
  2. Vicariato di Bologna Ravone
  3. Vicariato di Bologna Sud - est
  4. Vicariato di Bologna North
  5. Vicariato di Bologna Ovest
  6. Vicariato di Persiceto - Castelfranco Emilia
  7. Vicariato di Cento
  8. Vicariato di Galliera
  9. Vicariato di Budrio
  10. Vicariato di Castel San Pietro Terme
  11. Vicariato di San Lazzaro - Castenaso
  12. Vicariato di Setta
  13. Vicariato di Vergato
  14. Vicariato di Porretta Terme
  15. Vicariato di Bazzano

See also

Web links

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