Roman Catholic Diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca
|Diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca
Dioecesis Uxentinus-S. Mariae Leucadensis
|Area||475 km2 (183 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||1250 (763 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta in Cielo|
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca (Latin: Dioecesis Uxentinus-S. Mariae Leucadensis) in Apulia, has existed under this name since 1959. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lecce. The historic Diocese of Ugento has existed since the thirteenth century.
Under the Byzantine domination Ugento had Greek bishops. Of the Latin bishops the first known was the Benedictine Simeon, of unknown date.
Other bishops were:
- Carlo Borromeo (1530–37);
- Antonio Sebastiano Minturno, poet (1559);
- the Carmelite Desiderio Mazzapica (1566), who was at the Council of Trent;
- the canonist Agostino Barbosa (1649).
In 1818 the diocese of Alessano (the ancient Leuca) was united to that of Ugento. The Greek rite flourished in many places in this diocese until 1591, when it was abolished by Bishop Ercole Lancia. The diocese used to be a suffragan of the archdiocese of Otranto.