Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cagliari

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The Archdiocese of Cagliari (Latin: Archidioecesis Calaritanus) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese centred on the city of Cagliari. It holds the Primacy of Sardinia.[1][2]

Archdiocese of Cagliari

Archidioecesis Calaritanus

Arcidiocesi di Cagliari
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Cathedral of Cagliari
Ecclesiastical provinceCagliari
Area4,041 km2 (1,560 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2006)
562,251 (99.8%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established4th century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Maria di Castello
Current leadership
ArchbishopGiuseppe Baturi
SuffragansDiocese of Iglesias
Diocese of Lanusei
Diocese of Nuoro
Bishops emeritusGiuseppe Mani
Arrigo Miglio


Legend relates how a disciple of Jesus Christ, one Bonifatius, preached the Gospel in Cagliari in the 1st century. There were probably bishops at Cagliari from an early date, however, as Athanasius of Alexandria speaks of previous episcopal martyrs (during the Diocletian persecution most likely) in a letter to his contemporary, the first well-known bishop of Cagliari, Lucifer. Cagliari remained Roman Catholic despite the Arianism prevalent at the time and many African bishops fled the Arian Vandals to come to Cagliari. At the time of the Second Council of Constantinople (681), Cagliari was already a metropolitan see. It has been suggested that in the 10th and 11th century as the giudicati of Sardinia became independent, the archbishop of Cagliari became the de facto theocratic ruler of the island through the Corona de Logu.

In 1075, Pope Gregory VII reproached the Archbishop James for wearing a beard, a fashion which had been introduced into Sardinia at an earlier date; the pope asked the Judge Torchitorio I to oblige the clergy to abandon this custom. The same bishop and his colleagues were blamed by Pope Victor III (1087) for neglect of their churches. Under this pope, the Archbishop of Cagliari became known as the Primate of Sardinia. In the 12th century, however, the prominence of Cagliari was reduced vis-à-vis the Archdiocese of Torres in the north of the island. In 1158, the title of Primate of Sardinia and Corsica was given to the Archbishop of Pisa, but in 1409 it was reassumed by the Archbishop of Cagliari, whence arose a controversy between those sees, which dragged on into the 20th century.

Pope Paul VI became the first Pope to visit Sardinia in 1,650 years when he made his visit to Cagliari Cathedral, which is a minor basilica. Pope John Paul II paid a visit later. Pope Benedict XVI visited in September 2008 while Pope Francis visited in 2013.


Diocese of CagliariEdit

Latin Name: Calaritana
Erected: 4th Century

Archdiocese of CagliariEdit

Elevated: 11th Century

  • Juan de Aragón, O.F.M. (1354–1369 Died)

1420 Territory Added from the suppressed Diocese of Suelli


1503 Territory Added from the suppressed Diocese of Dolia

8 November 1824: Territory Lost to form the Diocese of Ogliastra

  • Antonio Raimondo Tore (1837–1840 Died)
  • Giovanni Emanuele Marongiu Nurra (1842–1866 Died)
  • Giovanni Antonio Balma, O.M.V. (1871–1881 Died)
  • Vincenzo Gregorio Berchialla, O.M.V. (1881–1892 Died)
  • Paolo Giuseppe Maria Serci Serra (1893–1900 Died)
  • Pietro Balestra, O.F.M. Conv. (1900–1912 Died)
  • Francesco Rossi (1913–1919 Appointed Archbishop of Ferrara)
  • Ernesto Maria Piovella, Obl. Rho (1920–1949 Died)
  • Paolo Botto (1949–1969 Resigned)
  • Sebastiano Baggio (1969–1973 Appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops); was already Cardinal
  • Giuseppe Bonfigioli (1973–1984 Resigned)
  • Giovanni Canestri (1984–1987 Appointed Archbishop of Genova-Bobbio (Cardinal in 1988))
  • Ottorino Pietro Alberti (1987–2003 Retired)
  • Giuseppe Mani (2003–2012 Retired)
  • Arrigo Miglio (2012–2019 Retired)
  • Giuseppe Baturi (2019-)

Suffragan seesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Cagliari" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 6, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cagliari" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 6, 2016
  3. ^ "Archbishop Juan Pilars" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 25, 2016
  4. ^ "Archbishop Alfonso Laso Sedeño" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 9, 2016
  5. ^ "Archbishop Alfonso Laso Sedeño" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 9, 2016

External linksEdit

  • Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Archdiocese of Cagliari" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Archdiocese of Cagliari". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Coordinates: 39°13′00″N 9°07′00″E / 39.2167°N 9.1167°E / 39.2167; 9.1167