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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni

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The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostium (Latin: Archidioecesis Brundusina-Ostunensis) in Apulia, has carried its present name since 1986. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Lecce.[1][2]

Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostium

Archidioecesis Brundusina-Ostunensis
Brindisi cattedrale.JPG
Brindisi Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical provinceLecce
Area1,253 km2 (484 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
273,141 (98.7%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established4th Century
CathedralCattedrale della Visitazione e S. Giovanni Battista
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Secular priests126 (diocesan)
34 (Religious Orders0
Current leadership
ArchbishopDomenico Caliandro
Emeritus BishopsRocco Talucci
Settimio Todisco
Ostuni Cathedral

The historical archdiocese of Brindisi was promoted from a diocese in the tenth century. The territory of the diocese of Ostuni was added to it in 1821. The archdiocese lost its status as metropolitan see in 1980.[3]



According to a local legend, the first Bishop of Brindisi was St. Leucius, about 165, who later underwent martyrdom. There is no historical proof for early beginnings of Christianity, except the account given by Arnobius of the fall of Simon Magus, who according to him withdrew to Brindisi and cast himself from a high rock into the sea.

The Diocese of Brindisi at first embraced the territory comprised within the present diocese of Oria. In the tenth century, after Brindisi had been destroyed by the Saracens, the bishops took up their abode at Oria, on account of its greater security.

In 1572–1591, during the tenure of the Spanish Bishop Bernardino de Figueroa movements were made to separate Oria as seat of a new diocese. This occurred in 1591, with Vincenzo del Tufo being appointed the first bishop of Oria in 1596.[4] In the reorganization of the dioceses of the Kingdom of Naples in 1818 Brindisi was combined with the Diocese of Ostuni, formerly its suffragan.

Brindisi has been an archiepiscopal see since the tenth century. The ancient cathedral was located outside the city, but in 1140 Roger II, King of Sicily and Naples, built the present cathedral in the centre of the city.

Bishops of BrindisiEdit

Among the bishops of Brindisi were:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Brindisi-Ostuni" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  4. ^ Carmelo Turrisi (1978). La diocesi di Oria nell'Ottocento. Aspetti socio-religiosi di una diocesi del Sud (1798-1888) (in Italian). Gregorian Biblical BookShop. p. 108. ISBN 978-88-7652-185-0.
  5. ^ Umberto Benigni. "Brindisi." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. Retrieved: 2016-10-17.


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

Coordinates: 40°38′18″N 17°56′45″E / 40.6383°N 17.9458°E / 40.6383; 17.9458