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Roman Catholic Diocese of Foligno

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The Italian Catholic Diocese of Foligno (Latin: Dioecesis Fulginatensis) is in Umbria. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve.[1][2]

Diocese of Foligno

Dioecesis Fulginatensis
Foligno Cathedral
Ecclesiastical provincePerugia-Città della Pieve
Area350 km2 (140 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
67,200 (guess)
63,000 (guess) (93.8%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1st century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Feliciano V.M.
Secular priests32 (diocesan)
31 (Religious Orders)
15 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
BishopGualtiero Sigismondi
Diocesi di Foligno (in Italian)
Canonica (Foligno), residence of the Canons
Statue of Felician, bishop of Foligno, enthroned

As of 2008, the bishop is Gualtiero Sigismondi.[3]



Tradition has it that Christianity was introduced at Foligno in the first half of the second century. Saint Felicianus, the patron of the city, though certainly not the first bishop, was consecrated by Pope Victor I and martyred under Decius (24 January); the exact dates of his history are uncertain.[4]

Until 471 no other bishop is known. Saint Vincent of Laodicea in Syria was made bishop by Pope Hormisdas in 523.

In 740 the episcopal city of Forflamme was destroyed by the angry Lombard King Liutprand. It was not revived, and it is believed that the responsibility for the inhabitants passed to Foligno.[5]

In February 1145, Pope Lucius II died of a wound received in street fighting in Rome, and his hastily elected successor Pope Eugene III was immediately driven out of the city and replaced with a republic. He settled in exile in Viterbo. On 10 March 1146, Cardinal Giulio Romano of S. Marcello, Legate of Eugenius III convoked a council in Foligno. The council was attended by the bishops of Narni, Amelia, Spoleto, Todi, Assissi, Perugia, Cagli, Gubbio, Urbino, Montefeltro, Rimini, Pesaro, Fossombrone, Senigallia, Ancona, Umana, Fermo, Ascoli, Escolano, Jesi, Osimo, Camerino, Nocera, and Bishop Benedetto of Foligno. Also present were numerous Provosts, Archdeacons, Archpriests, Abbots and Priors. On 10 March 1146, the assembled clergy participated in the consecration of the cathedral of Foligno, dedicated to S. John the Baptist, S. Feliciano, and S. Fiorenzio.[6]

Cathedral, churches, and monasteriesEdit

Foligno Cathedral, of very early date, and possessing a beautiful crypt, was rebuilt beginning in 1133; in 1201 a wing, with a façade, was added, famous for its sculptures by Binello and Rodolfo (statues of Frederick Barbarossa and of Bishop Anselm), restored in 1903. No Provost or Canon of the cathedral Chapter could be installed without the consent of the bishop. The privileges of the Canons of the cathedral Chapter were confirmed by Pope Innocent II in 1138.[7] The Canonica, residence of the Canons, already existed in 1078, when Bishop Bonfilius made extensive grants of property to the Prior and Canons, especially half of the cloister of the cathedral and two gardens.[8]

In 1684, the cathedral was administered and served by a Chapter consisting of three dignities and sixteen Canons.[9] The dignities were: the Prior, the Dean, and the Archpriest.[10] In 1777, there were still three dignities, but only twelve Canons.[11]

Other churches are: Santa Maria infra Portas, of the Lombard period, with Byzantine frescoes; San Claudio (1232); San Domenico (1251); San Giovanni Profiamma (1231), whose name recalls the ancient city of Forum Flaminii.

The Monastery of Sassovivo, founded c. 1080, eventually held control over 92 other monasteries and 41 churches, including the Church of Ss. Quatuor Coronatorum and the Church of Ss. Sergius and Bacchus in Rome.[12] It had a remarkable cloister of 120 columns.[13]


A diocesan synod was an irregularly held, but important, meeting of the bishop of a diocese and his clergy. Its purpose was (1) to proclaim generally the various decrees already issued by the bishop; (2) to discuss and ratify measures on which the bishop chose to consult with his clergy; (3) to publish statutes and decrees of the diocesan synod, of the provincial synod, and of the Holy See.[14]

Among the notable bishops of Foligno was Isidoro Chiari (1547-1555), a Benedictine biblical scholar and theologian, who participated in the early sessions of Council of Trent (1545–1547). He did not attend the later sessions that resumed in 1551, but he submitted a memorandum urging the necessity of bishops being resident in their dioceses. At the beginning of his tenure, Bishop Isidoro Chiari summoned and presided over a diocesan synod, which met on 14 November 1547.[15] He held a second synod on 22 October 1548.[16] A third synod took place on 14 October 1549,[17] and a fourth on 15 October 1550.[18]

Bishop Tommaso Orsini (1568–1576) held a diocesan synod in Foligno on 17 January 1571, and had its constitutions published.[19]

Bishop Giulio Troili (1698–1712) held a diocesan synod on 21–22 May 1703.[20] A diocesan synod was held by Bishop Giosafatte Battistelli (1717–1735) on 21 June 1722.[21]


The diocese of Foligno had always been directly subject (a suffragan) of the Holy See (the Pope). In accordance with the decree Christus Dominus, chapter 40, of the Second Vatican Council, on 15 August 1972 Pope Paul VI issued the decree Animorum utilitate, in which he changed the status of the diocese of Perugia, from being directly dependent upon the Holy See to being a Metropolitan archdiocese. The ecclesiastical province of Perugia was to contain as suffragans the dioceses of Assisi, Citta di Castello, Citta della Pieve, Foligno, Nocera and Tadinum, and Gubbio. The diocese of Foligno ceased to be directly dependent upon the Holy See.[22]

Bishops of FolignoEdit

to 1200Edit

[Saint Crispoldus of Jerusalem][23]
Saint Brictius (San Brizio) (also bishop of Spoleto and Foligno)
Felicianus (193-249)[24]
[Felicianus II (303)][25]
[Paul (Paolo) (350)][26]
[Candidus of Foligno (590–602)][30]
Jacobus (Giacomo) (602–642)[31]
  • Florus (676–700)
  • Eusebius (740–760)[32]
  • Dorotheus (attested 830)[33]
  • Dominicus (attested 850, 853)[34]
  • Argisius (attested 861)[35]
  • Onuphrius (attested 870)[36]
  • Benedictus (attested 967, 968)[37]
  • Longinus (Longino) (995–1024)[38]
  • Berardus (Berardo) (attested 1024, 1029)[39]
  • Henricus (Enrico) (attested 1031)[40]
  • Sigemannus (Sigemanno) (attested 1047)[41]
  • Azzo degli Atti (1049–1059)[42]
  • Bonfilius (attested 1072, 1078–1094)[43]
  • Andreas (1099– attested 1120)[44]
  • Marcus (attested 1123)[45]
  • Benedictus (attested 1138, 1145)[46]
  • Anselmo degli Atti (1155–1201)[47]

from 1200 to 1500Edit

Sede vacante (1201–1208)[48]
[Gerardo da Sora (1201–1208)][49]
  • Egidio degli Atti (1208–1243)[50]
Diocese suppressed (1243–1265)[51]
Bernardo Merganti (1243–1264) Administrator[52]
Diocese restored (31 March 1265)[53]
[Giacomo degli Anastasi (1296)][56]
  • Bartolomeo Caetani, O.S.B. (1296–1304)[57]
  • Ermanno degli Anastasi (1304–1307) Bishop-elect[58]
  • Bartolòmino Giuntoncini Sigisbuldi (1307–1326)[59]
  • Paolo Trinci (1326–1363)[60]
  • Rinaldo Trinci (1363)[61]
  • Giovanni Angeletti (1364–1397)[62]
  • Onofrio Trinci (1397–1403)
  • Federico Frezzi, O.P. (1403–1416) (Roman Obedience)[63]
  • Niccolò Ferragatti, O.F.M. (1417–1421)[64]
[Gaspare (1421)] Bishop-elect[65]
  • Giacomo Berti (1423–1437)[66]
[Rinaldo (II) Trinci (1437–1439)][67]
Bartolomeo Tonti (1461) Apostolic Administrator[70]
  • Antonio Bettini (1461–1487)[71]
  • Francesco Rosa (22 November 1486 – 3 March 1489)
  • Luca Borsciani Cybo, O.Serv. (1489–1522)[72]

from 1500 to 1800Edit

[Ercole Tambusio (March 1555 – September 1555) Bishop-elect][76]

since 1800Edit

  • Marco Antonio Moscardini (1796–1818)[97]
  • Stanislao Lucchesi (October 1818 – 2 November 1830)
  • Ignazio Giovanni Cadolini (1831–1832)[98]
  • Arcangelo Polidori (8 October 1834 – 6 May 1843)
  • Nicola Belletti (19 June 1843 – 1864)
  • Nicola Crispigni (or Grispigni) (27 March 1867 – 1879)
  • Vincenzo Serarcangeli (19 September 1879 – 1888)[99]
  • Federico Federici (1888–1892)[100]
  • Albino Angelo Pardini, C.R.L. (16 January 1893 – 22 December 1894)
  • Carlo Bertuzzi (18 March 1895 – 10 May 1910)
  • Giorgio Gusmini (15 April 1910 –1914)[101]
  • Carlo Sica (22 January 1915 – 20 December 1917)
  • Stefano Corbini (18 June 1918 – 1 October 1946)
  • Secondo Chiocca (18 January 1947 – 15 April 1955)
  • Siro Silvestri (21 July 1955 –1975)[102]
  • Giovanni Benedetti (25 March 1976 – 10 October 1992)
  • Arduino Bertoldo (10 October 1992 – 3 July 2008)
  • Gualtiero Sigismondi (3 July 2008 – )[103]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Foligno" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Diocese of Foligno" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Bishop Gualtiero Sigismondi [Catholic-Hierarchy].[self-published source]
  4. ^ Acta Sanctorum Januarii, Tomus II (Antwerp: Joannes Meursius 1643), pp. 581-589; "Vita S. Feliciani martyris, Episcopi Fulginatis in Umbria," Analecta Bollandiana Tomus IX (Paris/Bruxelles 1890), pp. 379-392.
  5. ^ Cappelletti, pp. 401, 445.
  6. ^ Lodovico Jacobilli (1628). Vite de' santi, e beati di Foligno, et di quelli, i corpi de' quali si riposano in essa città, e sua diocesi (in Italian). Foligno: Agostino Alterij. pp. 99–101. J. D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XXI (Venice: A. Zatta 1776), p. 695-698.
  7. ^ Pope Innocent II, bull Incomprehensibilis et ineffabilis, in: Cappelletti, p. 408.
  8. ^ Cappelleti, pp. 403-405.
  9. ^ Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 205 note 1.
  10. ^ Ughelli, p. 682.
  11. ^ Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VI, p. 220 note 1.
  12. ^ Kehr, IV, pp. 46-49.
  13. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  14. ^ Benedictus XIV (1842). "Lib. I. caput secundum. De Synodi Dioecesanae utilitate". Benedicti XIV ... De Synodo dioecesana libri tredecim (in Latin). Tomus primus. Mechlin: Hanicq. pp. 42–49.
  15. ^ First Synod: Germano Jacopo Gussago (1822). Biblioteca clarense ovvero notizie istorico-critiche intorno agli scrittori e letterati di Chiari raccolte e scritte dall'abate (in Italian). Volume II. Chiari: Gaetano Antonio Tellaroli. pp. 45–49.
  16. ^ Second Synod: Gussago, pp. 49-52.
  17. ^ Third Synod: Gussago, pp. 52-53.
  18. ^ Fourth Synod: Gussago, pp. 54-59.
  19. ^ Costituzioni sinodali della Città et Diocesi di Fuligno, Foligno: Vincenzio Cantagallo 1571. Michele Faloci-Pulignani (1903). Notizie sull'arte tipografica in Foligno durante il XVI secolo (in Italian). Roma: Leo S. Olschki. p. 38.
  20. ^ Mario Sensi (1991). Visite pastorali della Diocesi di Foligno: repertorio ragionato (in Italian). Foligno: Commissione Diocesana Cultura e Beni Culturali ecclesiastici. p. 288.
  21. ^ Giosafat Battistelli; Mario Maffei (1763). Diocesana synodus R.P.D. Josaphat Baptistelli Fulginatium olim antistitis, Innocentio XIII pontifice maximo celebrata, typis iterum edita emendatior, & notis locupletata apprime utilibus per sodales R.P.L.U. accedunt acta synodalia R.P.D. Marii Maffei episcopi meritissimi . (in Latin) (second ed.). Franciscus Fofus S.L. Umbr. typographus.
  22. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 64 (Citta del Vaticano: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis 1972), pp. 667-668.
  23. ^ (San Crispoldo da Gerusalemme), died 58 AD, martyr and first bishop of Foligno according to Ludovico Jacobilli (1646). Ughelli (1717) places his martyrdom in 93, under the Emperor Domitian. Cappelletti, IV, p. 399, considers all the episcopal names down to Urban to be dubbi o favolosi. Cf. G. Henschen, in Acta Sanctorum Maii III (Antwerp 1680), pp. 22-25.
  24. ^ Felicianus, a martyr, is claimed as the first historically attested bishop of Foligno, but also of Forum Flaminii, and of Spoleto. Lanzoni, pp. 446-449: "La lista episcopale di Foligno è largamente inquinata, come quelle di Todi, di Terni e di Spoleto. Lo Sbaraglia (« Archivio citato », an. 1913, p. 534) e il Cappelletti (IV, 399) dichiararono dubbi favolosi i primi nomi fino a Urbano, e il loro giudizio dev'essere confermato."
  25. ^ A few references to Felicianus are found principally in late medieval hagiographic martyr acts. Ughelli, pp. 685-686, states that Bishop Felicianus II attended the synod of 300 bishops at Sinuessa in 303. That would have been at the height of the Diocletianic persecution. Severino Bini has pointed out that the acts of the alleged synod are spurious, and, except for the acts, there is no other evidence that such a synod took place. J. D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus I (Florence: A. Zatta 1759), p. 1258. Lanzoni, p. 450.
  26. ^ A Bishop Paulus is said to have been present at the synod of 324, but the synod is spurious. Lanzoni, p. 450: "E attribuito senza alcuna prova al tempo di Giulio I (337-52)."
  27. ^ Urbanus is attested in 487, and, according to Lanzoni (p. 450) he was dead by 496. He is spoken of as deceased in a letter of Pope Gelasius I of 496: Kehr, IV, p. 44 no. 1.
  28. ^ Fortunatus: Lanzoni, p. 450.
  29. ^ Vincentius: Lanzoni, p. 450.
  30. ^ Candididus was Bishop of Vulsiniae, not Fulginiae. Lanzoni, p. 450.
  31. ^ Information is lacking.
  32. ^ Bishop Eusebius is said to have been favored by Pope Gregory III, who died in 741. After only a year in office, Eusebius was confronted by Liutprand, King of the Lombards, who was at war with two rebellious Lombard dukes, and who had already destroyed a number of Umbrian towns. Eusebius was able to persuade him to relent when he came to Foligno. Ughelli, I, p. 687-688.
  33. ^ Dorotheus was elected bishop by the clergy of Foligno, but was not approved by the people. Pope Gregory IV (827–844) therefore approved him. Ughelli, p. 688. Cappelletti, p. 402.
  34. ^ Bishop Dominicus (Domenico) attended the Roman synod of Pope Leo IV on 8 December 853. J. D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XIV (Venice: A. Zatta 1769), p. 1020. Ughelli, p. 688, states that he was elected in 850. He was present at the Council of Pavia in 850: Cappelletti, p. 402.
  35. ^ Bishop Argisius attended the Roman synod of 861, summoned by Pope Nicholas I against Bishop Giovanni of Ravenna. Mansi, Tomus XV, p. 602. Cappelletti, p. 402.
  36. ^ Onuphrius was provided (appointed) by Pope Hadrian II in 870. Ughelli, p. 688.
  37. ^ Bishop Benedictus (Benedetto) was present at the synod of Ravenna on 25 April 967. On 2 January 968 he subscribed a bull of Pope John XIII. Schwartz, p. 236.
  38. ^ Ughelli says Longinus was approved by Pope John XV in 995, but he also says that Longinus died in his monastery that he founded at Sora on 22 January 1031. Did he retire? A successor is mentioned in 1024. Ughelli, p. 688. Cappelletti, p. 457 (making Berardus succeed in 1029). Gams, p. 696 column 1 (making Berardus succeed in 1029).
  39. ^ Bishop Berardus subscribed the bull Si mortalibus of Pope John XIX in December 1024. He attended the Roman synod of 1029. J. D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XIX (Venice: A. Zatta 1774), p. 496. Schwartz, p. 236.
  40. ^ Henricus made grants to the cathedral Chapter, which are mentioned in the bullof Innocent II of 1138. Cappelletti, p. 402. Schwartz, p. 236.
  41. ^ Bishop Sigemann was present at a judicial meeting of the Emperor Henry III in March 1047. Schwartz, pp. 236-237.
  42. ^ Bishop Azzo attended the Roman synod of Pope Nicholas II on 1059.J. D. Mansi (ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XIX (Venice: A. Zatta 1774), p. 911-912. Gams, p. 696 column 1. Schwartz, p. 237.
  43. ^ Bishop Bonfilius is attested in documents in 1072 and 1078. He is said to have participated in the First Crusade, and to have spent ten years in the Holy Land. He resigned the diocese (1099? 1104?) and entered the monastery of S. Maria della Fara, where he died 27 September 1115. Gams, p. 696. Schwartz, p. 237.
  44. ^ A native of Foligno, Andrea was elected in 1099 or 1100 (Jacobilli), on news (false, as it turned out, that Bishop Bonfilius was dead. Gams, p. 696. Schwartz, p. 237.
  45. ^ The facade of the cathedral was restored by Bishop Marcus during the reign of Pope Callistus II (1119-1124). Schwartz, p. 238.
  46. ^ Bishop Benedictus was the recipient, at his own request, of a bull of Pope Innocent II, dated 11 June 1138, granting him and his successors all the rights and privileges they currently enjoyed. Cappelletti, pp. 407-412.
  47. ^ Anselmus had been Archdeacon of the cathedral Chapter. He was elected bishop in 1155, and in the next year he was present at the consecration of the church of S. Victor in Rieti. He died on 20 August 1201. Ughelli, pp. 696-697. Cappelletti, pp. 412-414.
  48. ^ Ughelli, p. 697 (who wrongly states that it lasted until 1210). Cappelletti, p. 414 (correcting Ughelli). Gams, p. 696 column 1. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  49. ^ The only author who mentions Gerardo da Sora is Lodovico Iacobilli, Discorso della città di Foligno (Foligno: Agostino Alterij 1646), p. 34, but without reference to a source.
  50. ^ Aegidius was already installed as bishop on 11 September 1208. When the city of Foligno went over to the party of the Emperor Frederick II, Pope Innocent IV deprived the city of its bishopric, and Bishop Aegidius was forced to resign. Aegidius, episcopus quondam Fulginatensis, was named Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Nocera by Pope Innocent IV on 18 December 1243. Ughelli, pp. 697-699. Gams, p. 696. Élie Berger, Les registres d'Innocent IV Tome I (Paris: E. Thorin 1884), p. 59 no. 338. Eubel, I, p. 256, 373.
  51. ^ The diocese was suppressed by Innocent IV, and restored by Clement IV. Eubel, I, p. 256 note 1.
  52. ^ Berardo was the Archpriest of Foligno. He was named Administrator by Cardinal Raniero of S. Maria in Cosmedin (died 1150), and again by Cardinal Pietro of S. Giorgio; finally, on 18 January 1255 by Pope Alexander IV. Lodovico Antonio Muratori; Giosuè Carducci; Vittorio Fiorini (1906). Michele Faloci-Pulignani (ed.). Fragmenta Fulginatis Historiae: Cronaca di Benvenuto. Rerum italicarum scriptores: raccolta degli storici italiani dal cinquecento al millecinquecento, Tomo XXVI, parte II (in Italian and Latin). Bologna: Niccolo Zanchelli. pp. 11 n. Eubel, I, p. 256 note 1: "Hie Bernardus neque ep. Fulgin. fuisse neque ad Nucerin. translatus."
  53. ^ Bullarum diplomatum et privilegiorum sanctorum Romanorum pontificum Taurinensis editio (in Latin). Tomus III. Turin (Augusta Taurinorum): Seb. Franco. 1858. pp. 726–727.
  54. ^ Paperone was appointed Bishop of Foligno on 17 June 1265 by Pope Clement IV. He was transferred to the diocese of Spoleto by Pope Honorius IV on 21 July 1285. He died in 1290. Eubel, Hierarchia catholica I, pp. 256, 461.
  55. ^ A native of Foligno, Berardus had been a papal chaplain. He was appointed Bishop of Foligno by Pope Honorius IV on 21 July 1285. He died on 15 May 1296. Eubel, Hierarchia catholica I, p. 256.
  56. ^ Giacomo (Jacobus Anastasii de Fulgineo), O.Min., had his election quashed by the pope. Eubel, I, p. 256 note 3.
  57. ^ Caetani (Gaetani) had been Abbot of Subiaco. He was appointed Bishop of Foligno by Pope Boniface VIII on 28 October 1296. He died in July 1304. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  58. ^ Hermannus was only Bishop-elect of Foligno. He was transferred to the diocese of Pistoia on 4 December 1307 by Pope Clement V. Eubel, I, pp. 256, 400 with note 7.
  59. ^ Bartolomino was appointed on 24 December 1307 by Pope Clement V. He died on 11 July 1326. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  60. ^ Paolo had been a Canon of the cathedral Chapter of Foligno. He was appointed by Pope John XXII on 16 August 1326. He died in 1363. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  61. ^ Rinaldo Trinci was appointed by Pope Urban V on 25 March 1363. His successor was appointed on 25 January 1364. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  62. ^ Angeletti was appointed on 25 January 1364 by Urban V. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  63. ^ Frezzi was appointed on 16 November 1403 by Pope Boniface IX. He died in 1416. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  64. ^ Ferragatti was appointed on 20 December 1417 by Pope Martin V. He died in 1421. Eubel, I, p. 256.
  65. ^ Gaspare had been abbot of the monastery of S. Pietro di Perugia. He was appointed by Martin V on 10 December 1421, but he declined the election. He then became abbot of S. Giovanni eremita Montissterilis (O.S.B.). He was then appointed Bishop of Firgento by Martin V on 16 August 1424. He died in 1455. Eubel, I, pp. 255 with note 7; 256, with note 9.
  66. ^ Jacobus de Clivis (Berti) had been Prior of the cathedral of Foligno. He was appointed on 20 March 1423 by Martin V. He died in 1437. Eubel, I, p. 256; II, p. 156 note 1.
  67. ^ Rinaldo Trinci was a usurper (intrusus). Gams, p. 696 column 2.
  68. ^ Eubel places the date of the issue of his bulls on 26 August 1437; Gams makes the date 1438. He died on 21 August 1444. Gams, p. 696 column 2. Eubel, II, p. 156.
  69. ^ Bolignini had been Bishop of Nocera. He was transferred to Foligno by Pope Eugene IV on 31 August 1444. He died in 1461 (on 1 January, according to Gams, p. 696 column 2; on 14 January, according to Jacobilli, p. 36). Eubel, II, p. 156.
  70. ^ A Sede vacante began on 1 (or 14) January 1461. Tonti, a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter, was appointed Apostolic Administrator, and his administration was so successful that he was elected bishop. Pope Pius II, however, refused to ratify his election. Ughelli, p. 705.
  71. ^ A native of Siena, Bettini was appointed by Pope Pius II, also a native of Siena, in May 1461, after he had quashed the election of Bartolomeo Tonti. Bettini was consecrated in Milan on 21 June 1461 by Archbishop Carlo da Forlì, according to Jacobilli (Vite, p. 199). He died in Siena on 22 October 1487. Jacobilli, Discorsi p. 36. Lodovico Jacobilli (1661). Vite de' santi, e beati dell'Vmbria, e di quelli, i corpi de' quali riposano in essa prouincia (in Italian). Tomo terzo. Foligno: appresso gli heredi d'Agostino Alterij. pp. 197–207. Ughelli, p. 705. Eubel, II, p. 156 with note 3.
  72. ^ Luca di Giovanni Borsciani of Foligno was a Canon of the Vatican Basilica and the personal confessor of Pope Innocent VIII (Cybo). In 1489 Innocent granted Borsciani the privilege of adding Cybo to his family name. He was appointed Bishop of Foligno on 3 March 1489. He participated in the Fifth Lateran Council of Pope Julius II. In September 1522, he resigned the diocese after a term of thirty-three years, and was transferred to the titular diocese of Ephesus by Pope Adrian VI. He died shortly thereafter. Ughelli, I, pp. 710-711. Cappelletti, IV, p. 423. Eubel, II, p. 156; III, pp. 199.
  73. ^ Carvajal was named Administrator of the diocese of Foligno on 26 September 1522, following the transfer of Luca to the titular see of Ephesus. He resigned in favor of his nephew on 4 February 1523. He died in Rome on 16 December 1523. Eubel, Hierarchia catholica III, pp. 4 no. 14; 199.
  74. ^ 22 September 1540 named Bishop of Spoleto
  75. ^ Boris Ulianich, "Isidoro Chiari e la sua attività riformatrice nella diocesi di Foligno (1547-1555), in: Storia e cultura in Umbria nell'età moderna. (Sec. XV-XVIII).: Atti del VII Convegno di studi umbri. Gubbio, 18-22 maggio 1969. Centro di studi umbri, Casa di Sant'Ubaldo in Gubbio e Palazzo della Sapienza in Perugia. Perugia: A cura della Facoltà di lettere e filosofia dell'Università degli studi, Perugia. 1972. pp. 147–265.
  76. ^ Tambusio was never consecrated a bishop. Bernardino Lattanzi (2000). Storia di Foligno (in Italian). Vols. II-III. Roma: IBN. p. 673.
  77. ^ Medici was Archbishop of Ragusa (1545–1553) and Legate in Perugia (1548–1549), when he was named a cardinal on 8 April 1549 by Pope Paul III. On 1 March 1553 he was transferred to the diocese of Cassano by Pope Julius III. He was transferred to the diocese of Foligno by Pope Paul IV on 25 June 1556, and he resigned on 7 May 1557, after less than a year on the episcopal throne. He had fallen into disfavor with Pope Paul IV, and left Rome entirely in 1558. He was elected Pope Pius IV on 24 December 1559. Eubel, III, pp. 30 no. 69, 156, 199, 281.
  78. ^ Orsini was a native of Foligno, and had been appointed a Canon of the cathedral by Bishop d'Olera, and then Vicar General. A personal friend of Pope Pius V, Orsini had been Bishop of Strongoli (1566–1568), and was appointed by Pope Pius to be Apostolic Visitor to the diocese of Naples, which caused offense to the Viceroy. He was transferred to the diocese of Foligno by Pius V on 24 January 1568. He died on 25 January 1576. Ughelli, I, pp. 714-715. Giuseppe Bragazzi (1858). Compendio della storia di Fuligno (in Italian). Foligno. p. 36. Eubel, III, pp. 199, 304 with note 9.
  79. ^ Bosco held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure, and had been a Canon of Savona. He had been Bishop of S. Marco from 1572 to 1576. He was appointed Bishop of Foligno by Pope Gregory XIII on 30 January 1576. During his administration he welcomed the Carmelites into his diocese. He died in Rome on 27 January 1582 at the age of forty-three, and was buried in S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini. Ughelli, I, p. 715. Eubel, III, pp. 199, 234.
  80. ^ A cleric of Spoleto, Boncompagni was named Bishop of Ripaetransoni by Pope Gregory XIII in 1579, and then transferred to the diocese of Foligno on 31 January 1582. He died on his birthday, 17 March 1584, at the age of seventy-eight. Ughelli, pp. 715-716. Eubel, III, p. 199.
  81. ^ A native of Bologna, Barzellini had previously been Bishop of Rieti, from 1574 to 1584. He was transferred to the diocese of Foligno in the Consistory of 9 April 1584 by Pope Gregory XIII. He died on 29 December 1585. Ughelli, p. 716. Eubel, III, pp. 199, 283.
  82. ^ A native of Rome, Bizzoni held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure, and had been a consistorial advocate (ecclesiastical lawyer). He was named Bishop of Foligno on 8 January 1586 by Pope Sixtus V, and was immediately appointed papal Legate in the Kingdom of Naples. He died on 26 April 1606, at the age of fifty-nine. Ughelli, p. 716. Eubel, III, p. 199 with note 10.
  83. ^ Francesco Simonetta was a priest of the diocese of Milan. He obtained the post of Referendary of the two signatures. He was appointed bishop of Foligno on 17 July 1606. During his tenure as bishop he served as papal Nuncio in Poland for six years, from 1606 until his death in Warsaw in 1612. Giovanni Pietro Giussano (1884). The Life of St. Charles Borromeo, Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. Volume II. London: Burns and Oates. p. 537. Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica IV, p. 191 with note 2. George Huntston Williams, The Polish Brethren (Cambridge, Mass.: Scholars Press 1980), p. 251.
  84. ^ Born in Ferrara on 19 April 1554, Feliciani held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure, and was appointed a consistorial advocate. In 1598 he was appointed Abbot Commendatory of the abbey of S. Benedetto. He was secretary of Archbishop Girolamo Verallo of Ferrara, and then of Cardinal Anton Maria Salviati. In Rome he was in the service of Donna Olimpia Aldobrandini. He had been a secretary of Pope Paul V. He was named bishop of Foligno on 2 April 1612. Ruggero Guerrieri (1900). Storia di Gualdo Tadino (in Italian). Foligno: F. Campitelli. p. 137. Gauchat, IV, p. 191 with note 5.
  85. ^ Caetani had been Canon and then Provost of the cathedral Chapter of Anagni, and then secretary of Cardinal Scipio Borghese. He was named titular bishop of Laodicea and Coadjutor of Bishop Feliciani by Pope Urban VIII on 10 May 1623. He succeeded to the diocese of Foligno on 2 October 1634. He died on 12 October 1642. Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica IV, p. 191 with note 4; 214.
  86. ^ Montecatini died in January 1668. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 206 with note 2.
  87. ^ Vicentini: Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 205 with note 3.
  88. ^ Pallotta: Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 205 with note 4.
  89. ^ Troili: Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 206 with note 5.
  90. ^ Malvicini Fontana was born at Mottaziana (diocese of Piacenza) in 1675, and held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Sapienza, Rome 1704). He was appointed a Referendary of the Two Signatures. He was appointed governor of Rimini (1705), and prefect of Montanae Nursiae (1708). In the consistory of 1 August 1712, Pope Clement XI appointed him Bishop of Foligno. He died in Foligno on 17 February 1717. Ughelli, p. 718. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 206 with note 6.
  91. ^ Battistelli: Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 206 with note 7.
  92. ^ Alberici had previously been Bishop of Città di Piave. He was transferred to the diocese of Foligno by Pope Clement XII on 7 June 1735. He died at Nocera on 6 October 1741. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 220 with note 2.
  93. ^ Mario Maffei was born at Monte Grimano (diocese of Montefeltro) in 1692, and held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Urbino 1714). He was appointed Vicar General of Pesaro in 1715, and Vicar General of Rimini in 1724. He was then Rector of the seminary of Perugia, and in 1728 Vicar General of Perugia. In 1730 he was Vicar Capitular of Perugia during the vacancy in the bishopric. In 1731 he became Vicar General of Ancona. He was appointed Bishop of Foligno on 27 November 1741 by Pope Benedict XIV. He was Vicar Apostolic of Montefiascone e Corneto in 1752. He died on 29 May 1777. Gazzetta di Parma (in Italian). Parma. 12 August 1777. p. 258. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 220 with note 3.
  94. ^ Morotti was a native of Foligno, and had been Prior of the Cathedral of Fologno and Vicar Capitular on the death of Bishop Maffei. Elected on 16 July 1777, he was on his way to Rome for consecration as a bishop when he died on 20 October 1777. Bernardino Lattanzi (2000). Storia di Foligno (in Italian). Volumes II-III. Foligno: IBN. p. 637.
  95. ^ Giannini: Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 220 with note 4.
  96. ^ Trenta: Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 220 with note 5.
  97. ^ Moscardini was born at Pofi (diocese of Verano) in 1749. He obtained a doctorate in theology from the college of Thomas Aquinas at the Minerva in Rome (1770). He held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Sapienza, 1784). He was appointed Auditor at the Nunciature in Poland, where he served for nine years. He was named Bishop of Foligno on 28 June 1796, and was consecrated a bishop in Rome by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Caprara on 10 July 1796. He died in S. Quirico in Tuscany on 19 August 1818. Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 220 with note 6.
  98. ^ Born in Cremona in 1794, Cadolini had been Bishop of Cervia (1826–1831). He was appointed Bishop of Foligno on 30 September 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI. On 17 December 1832 he was named archbishop of Spoleto. On 12 February 1838 he was named Secretary of the Congregation de propaganda fide, and assigned the titular archbishopric of Edessa (Ottoman Empire). He was named a cardinal on 27 January 1843 by Gregory XVI, and three days later appointed Archbishop of Ferrara. He died in Ferrara on 11 April 1850. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VII, pp. 146, 184, 194, 199, 352. Philippe Bountry (2013). Souverain et pontife: Recherches prosopographiques sur la Curie Romaine à l’âge de la Restauration (1814-1846) (in French). Rome-Paris: Publications de l’École française de Rome. pp. 326–328. ISBN 978-2-7283-1022-7.
  99. ^ Serarcangeli had been Archdeacon and pro-Vicar-General of the diocese of Camerino. Il Monitore ecclesiastico (in Italian). Vol. II. Maratea. 1879. p. 126.
  100. ^ Federici was murdered on 6 August 1892, while traveling by train from Perugia to Foligno. F. Marini, I vescovi di Foligno, cenni biografici, (Foligno:Vedelago 1948), pp. 64-65. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VIII, p. 278. Guido Fagioli Vercellone, "Federici, Federico," Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Volume 45 (1995); retrieved: 4 April 2019. (in Italian)
  101. ^ On 8 September 1914 Gusmini was named archbishop of Bologna, the first appointment of Pope Benedict XV, who had been Archbishop of Bologna before his election. He died on 24 August 1921. Pięta, Hierarchia catholica IX, p. 89. Harris M. Lentz (2002). Popes and Cardinals of the 20th Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Jefferson, N.C. ; London: McFarland & Company. pp. 88–89. ISBN 978-0-7864-1094-1. Martin Bräuer (2014). Handbuch der Kardinäle: 1846-2012 (in German). Berlin: De Gruyter. p. 235. ISBN 978-3-11-026947-5.
  102. ^ On 3 September 1975 Silvestri was named bishop of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato.
  103. ^ The bishop's CV: Diocesi di Foligno, "Vescovo"; retrieved: 3 April 2019. (in Italian) [A full CV is downloadable by pressing "Biografia Mons. Sigismondi" in the gray bar at the bottom of the page]


Reference works for bishopsEdit



  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Foligno". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
U. Benigni, "Foligno", in: The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. VI. New York: Universal Knowledge Foundation. 1913. pp. 124–125.

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