Roman Catholic Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi

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The diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi (Latin: Dioecesis Melphictensis-Rubensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Apulia, southern Italy, which was established in 1986, when the diocese of Molfetta-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi was united with the diocese of Ruvo. Giovinazzo is only four miles south-east of Molfetta along the Adriatic coast, and Ruvo only ten miles inland to the south-west; Terlizzi is likewise only four miles from Molfetta, some four miles nearer than Ruvo.[1] The historical diocese of Molfetta was expanded in 1818. The current diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto.[2][3]

Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi

Dioecesis Melphictensis-Rubensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis
Molfetta - Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.JPG
Cathedral in Molfetta
Ecclesiastical provinceBari-Bitonto
Area442 km2 (171 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2013)
132,513 (99.2%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established12th Century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Maria Assunta
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Ruvo)
Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Giovinazzo)
Concattedrale di S. Michele Arcangelo (Terlizzi)
Secular priests103
Current leadership
BishopDomenico Cornacchia


The first bishop of Molfetta of whom there is any record was John, whose incumbency is referred to the year 1136. The see was at first suffragan of Bari, but in 1484 it became immediately dependent upon Rome. In 1818, it was enlarged with the territory of the suppressed diocese of Giovinazzo and diocese of Terlizzi, which were re-established in 1835, remaining united, aeque principaliter.[4][jargon]

Pope Innocent VIII (Cibo) granted the diocese the privilege of being immediately subject to the Roman pontiff, without any other Metropolitan.

In 1600 the city of Molfetta had a population of around 10,000; in 1775 it was around 9,000. In the city were five religious houses for men, and one monastery of male monks. In 1775 there were four religious houses.[5]

Under Bishop Simon Alopa the number of Canons in the Cathedral Chapter was fixed at twenty-four, reducing the number from thirty-six.[6] In addition to the Canons there were six dignities in the Chapter, the Archdeacon, the Archpriest, two Primicerii (Cantores), the Penitentiary and the Sacristan.[7] The current Chapter preserves these six dignities, but there are only eleven Canons and two Honorary Canons.[8]


Diocese of MolfettaEdit

Latin Name: Melphictensis
Erected: 12th Century

to 1300Edit

  • Ioannes (attested 1136)[9]
  • Ioannes (attested 1179)[10]
  • Accarinus (attested 1205 – 1218)[11]
  • Risandus (attested 1222 – 1236)[12]
  • Richardus ( – 5 August 1271)[13]
  • Angelus Saracenus de Urbe (attested 1280 – 1287)[14]
  • Paulus, O.Min. (9 December 1295 – ? )

1300 to 1600Edit

1600 to 1833Edit

Diocese of Molfetta-Giovinazzo-TerlizziEdit

Latin Name: Melphictensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis
United: 4 March 1836 with Diocese of Giovinazzo e Terlizzi
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Bari (-Canosa)

  • Giovanni Constantini (19 May 1837 – 19 Jan 1852 Died)[45]
  • Niccola Maria Guida (27 Sep 1852 – 6 Dec 1862 Died)
  • Gaetano Rossini (27 Mar 1867 – 4 Jan 1890 Died)
  • Pasquale Corrado (2 Jan 1890 – 6 Dec 1894 Died)
  • Pasquale Picone (18 Mar 1895 – 5 Sep 1917 Died)[46]
  • Giovanni Jacono (2 Jul 1918 – 18 Mar 1921 Appointed, Bishop of Caltanissetta)
  • Pasquale Gioia, C.R.S. (30 Sep 1921 – 2 Apr 1935 Died)
  • Achille Salvucci (17 Oct 1935 – 18 Mar 1978 Died)
  • Aldo Garzia (18 Mar 1978 – 15 Jun 1982 Appointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Nardò)
  • Antonio Bello (10 Aug 1982 – 20 Apr 1993 Died)

Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-TerlizziEdit

Latin Name: Melphictensis-Rubensis-Iuvenacensis-Terlitiensis
United: 30 September 1986 with Diocese of Ruvo
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto

  • Donato Negro (22 Dec 1993 – 29 Apr 2000 Appointed, Archbishop of Otranto)
  • Luigi Martella (13 Dec 2000 – 6 Jul 2015 Died)[47]
  • Domenico Cornacchia (15 Jan 2016 – )


Co-cathedrals: Co-cathedral in Ruvo (left) Co-cathedral in Giovinazzo (center) Co-cathedral in Terlizzi (right)


  1. ^ Raccolta dei documenti stampati per ordine della Camera legislatura 9. Sessione 1865-66, dal 18 novembre al 30 ottobre 1866 (in Italian). Vol. I, N. 1 al 27. Firenze: eredi Botta. 1866. p. 88. |volume= has extra text (help)
  2. ^ "Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 25, 2016.[self-published source?]
  3. ^ "Diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 25, 2016.[self-published source?]
  4. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article, Diocese of Molfetta, Terlizzi, and Giovinazzo For the meaning of the term aeque principaliter, see: Franz Schmalzgrueber (1844). Jus ecclesiasticum universum brevi methodo ad discentium utilitatem explicatum (in Latin). Tomus tertius, pars prima. Rome: ex Typographia Rev. Cam. Apostolicae. pp. 188–190.
  5. ^ Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 note 1; VI, p. 285 note 1.
  6. ^ Sergio dei Giudici, in D'Avino, p. 342.
  7. ^ Ughelli, I, p. 916; Ughelli includes the six dignities among the twenty-four canons. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 note 1; VI, p. 285 note 1.
  8. ^ Diocesi di Molfetta Ruvo Giovinazzo Terlizzi, Capitolo Cattedrale, retrieved: 2017-03-19. (in Italian)
  9. ^ Kehr, p. 351. This is a grant by Bishop Ioannes to Abbot Simon of the monastery of Sma. Trinità de Cava. Alessandro di Meo (1805). Annali Critico-Diplomatici Del Regno Di Napoli Della Mezzana Età (in Italian). Tomo decimo (10). Naples: Stamperia Orsiniana. p. 47. Carabellese, pp. 17-18. Cappelletti, p. 395.
  10. ^ Bishop Ioannes was present at the Lateran Council of Pope Alexander III. J.-D. Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, editio novissima, Tomus XXII (Venice 1778), pp. 215 and 461. Kehr, p. 351. Kamp, p. 644.
  11. ^ Accarinus might be identified with a bishop-elect whose name is unknown, attested in 1200. He died between 1218 and 1222. Kamp, pp. 644-645.
  12. ^ Risandus is claimed to have died on 5 August 1271 by Kamp, pp. 645-647. Cf. Eubel, I, p. 335 with note 1.
  13. ^ Gams, p. 898. Eubel, I, p. 335 with note 1.
  14. ^ Kamp, p. 647.
  15. ^ Ughelli, p. 917.
  16. ^ In 1363 Bishop Leo and other bishops granted indulgences to the Ospitale di Sant'Antonio de Valleregia. Cappelletti, p. 396. Gams, p. 898.
  17. ^ Cappelletti, p. 396.
  18. ^ Simon was a Neapolitan. Bishop Simon was transferred to the diocese of Pozzuoli on 26 March 1401. Cappelletti, p. 396. Eubel, I, pp. 335, 409
  19. ^ Brancia: Cappelletti, p. 396.
  20. ^ Pietro Piezi (or Piccio) was a native of Barletta: Cappelletti, p. 396.
  21. ^ Del Monte had been Canon of Capaccio and a chaplain of Queen Joanna of Sicily. Cappelletti, p. 396. Eubel, I, p. 335, with note 7; II, p. 189.
  22. ^ Andreas was a native of Trani. Ughelli, p. 917. Eubel, II, p. 189.
  23. ^ Palmieri had been a papal chamberlain. Eubel, II, p. 189 with note 1.
  24. ^ A native of Genoa, Cibo had previously been Provost of Genoa, and then Bishop of Savona (1466–1472). From 1471 to 1473 Cibo was pro-Datary of Pope Sixtus IV. He was then named a Cardinal, and in 1476 served as papal Legate in Rome while the Pope was in Viterbo. He was Governor of Siena, and papal Legate to the Emperor Frederick III and to Matthias Corvinus King of Hungary. He was Chamberlain of the College of Cardinals in 1482 and again in 1484. He resided in Rome, not in Molfetta. Giuseppe Moroni, ed. (1843). Dizionario di erudizione storico-ecclesiastica (in Italian). Vol. XIX. Venice: Tipografia Emiliana. p. 131. |volume= has extra text (help) Eubel, II, p. 229.
  25. ^ Lacerti: Ughelli, Italia sacra I, p. 918. Eubel, II, p. 189.
  26. ^ "Bishop Alessio Celadoni di Celadonia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 5, 2016.[self-published source?]. Celidoni had previously been Bishop of Gallipoli (1494–1508). Ughelli, I, p. 918. Eubel, II, pp. 157, 190; III, p. 241 with note 3..
  27. ^ Cardinal Ponzetti had been named a Cardinal on 1 July 1517. Ughelli, I, p. 918-919. Lorenzo Cardella (1793). Memorie storiche de cardinali della Santa romana chiesa (in Italian). Tomo quarto. Roma: Pagliarini. pp. 38–39. Eubel, III, pp. 16 no. 22; 241 with notes 4 and 5.
  28. ^ Ponzetti: Eubel, III, p. 241 with note 6.
  29. ^ Maggiorani: Eubel, III, p. 241 with note 8.
  30. ^ Maggiorano Maggiorani held the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). Eubel, III, p. 241 with note 10.
  31. ^ Offredi: Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica IV, p. 238 with note 2.
  32. ^ Bovio: Gauchat, IV, p. 238 with note 3.
  33. ^ Petroni had been Master of the Sacred Apostolic Palace. He was consecrated a bishop in Rome by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Leni on 2 October 1622. Gauchat, IV, p. 238 with note 4.
  34. ^ Pinelli was born in Naples, and was a Master of theology (Genoa). He was named Bishop of Albenga on 29 March 1666. Gauchat, IV, pp. 76, 238 with note 5.
  35. ^ Marini was a native of Genoa, and at the age of 25 he was made a Referendary of the Two Signatures (judge in the Roman Curia). He was them named Bishop of Albenga (1655–1666). When he resigned the see of Molfetta, he was named titular Archbishop of Amaseia (Turkey) on 19 January 1671, and in 1675 became Corrector in the Office of the Penitentiary. In 1676 he was transferred to the titular See of Theodosia Gauchat, IV, pp. 76 with note 5; 238 with note 6. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, pp. 80 with note 2; 265 with note 2; 375 with note 3.
  36. ^ Loffredo was transferred to the diocese of Bari (-Canosa). Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 with note 3.
  37. ^ Vecchia was born in Venice in 1628. A Benedictine abbot of Santa Giustina (Padua), he had been Bishop of Andria (1690–1691), consecrated a bishop by Cardinal Vincenzo Maria Orsini de Gravina (the future Pope Benedict XIII. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, pp. 85 with note 3; 265 with note 4.
  38. ^ De Bellis: Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 with note 5.
  39. ^ Effetti was born of the Roman nobility in 1660. He was Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) (Sapienza 1678). He had been Governor of Ineramna (1694-1696), and vice-Rector of Benevento. He was a Referendary of the Two Signatures (curial judge) (1701). He died in Molfetta in 1712. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 with note 6.
  40. ^ Salerni was born in Cosentino in 1679. He was Doctor in utroque iure (Rome, Sapienza, 1702. He founded the seminary in 1726, and held a synod that same year in September. Ritzler-Sefrin, V, p. 265 with note 7. Franco Sancilio (1987). Studi e documenti sull'episcopato di mons. Fabrizio Antonio Salerni (1679-1754) vescovo di Molfetta (in Italian). Molfetta: Mezzina.
  41. ^ Orlandi was born in Trecase (diocese of Alessano) in 1704, and baptized with the name Pietro Antonio Orlandi. He lectured in philosophy and theology in houses of the Celestine Congregation, and was a Consultor of the SC of Relics and Indulgences in the Roman Curia. He became an abbot in 1736, and served a three year term as secretary general of his Congregation (1736-1739). He was Procurator General of his Congregation at the Roman Curia for fifteen years (1739–1754), and was Visitor General in 1752. Celestine was consecrated a bishop in Rome on 29 September 1774 by Cardinal Giuseppe Feroni. His brother Giuseppe was Bishop of Giovinazzo (1752–1776). Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 285 with note 2.
  42. ^ Antonucci: Ritzler-Sefrin, VI, p. 286 with note 3.
  43. ^ Romano, p. 123.
  44. ^ Caracciolo was born in Naples in 1785, the son of Francesco, Duke of Gesso (of the family of the Princes of Villa), and Vittoria Palma d'Artois, Duchessa di Sant'Elia. He was nominated Archbishop of Naples by King Ferdinand II and confirmed by Pope Gregory XVI on 15 April 1833. He was named a Cardinal by Gregory XVI on 29 July 1833 and assigned the titular church of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura. He died on 29 January 1844. Domenico Pagliara (1844). Per le solenni esequie del cardinale Filippo Giudice Caracciolo, arcivescovo di Napoli orazione funebre recitata in Procida ai 26 febbrajo nella chiesa abbaziale e parrocchiale di S. Michele Arcangelo da Domenico Pagliara (in Italian). Naples: all'insegna di Aldo Manunzio. pp. 6 n., 27. Lorenzo Loreto (1839). Memorie storiche de' vescovi ed arcivescovi della santa chiesa napolitana da santo Aspreno insino all'attual arcivescovo eminentissimo cardinale D. Filippo Giudice Caracciolo (in Italian). Bonis. pp. 241–252.
  45. ^ Cappelletti, p. 399.
  46. ^ Picone had been a diocesan priest of Aversa, and then Canon of the Cathedral. He was synodical examiner and pro-Vicar General. Monitor ecclesiasticus (in Italian). Vol. IX. Conversano: Fondazione Monitor ecclesiasticus. 1895. p. 46. |volume= has extra text (help) Gaetano Capasso (1968). Cultura e religiosità ad Aversa nei secoli XVIII-XIX-XX.: (Contributo bio-bibliografico alla storia ecclesiastica meridionale) (in Italian). Napoli: Athena mediterranea. pp. 164–166.
  47. ^ Diocesi di Molfetta Ruvo Giovinazzo Terlizzi, Biography of Bishop Martella, retrieved: 2017-03-19. (in Italian)


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