Roman Catholic Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen

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The Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen (German: Diözese Bozen-Brixen, Italian: Diocesi di Bolzano-Bressanone, Latin: Dioecesis Bauzanensis-Brixinensis) is a Catholic diocese in northern Italy, with its seat in the city of Bolzano. Its territory corresponds with that of the province of South Tyrol with its predominantly German-speaking population. It is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Trento.[1][2]

Diocese of Bolzano-Brixen

Dioecesis Bauzanensis-Brixinensis

Diözese Bozen-Brixen
Diocesi di Bolzano-Bressanone
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Area7,400 km2 (2,900 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2018)
501,619 (95.5%)
RiteRoman Rite
Established6th Century
CathedralCattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e San Cassiano (Brixen)
Co-cathedralDuomo di Santa Maria Assunta (Bolzano)
Secular priests239 (diocesan)
174 (Religious Orders)
29 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
BishopIvo Muser
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Cathedral in Brixen (left) Co-cathedral in Bolzano (right)

The present-day diocese was created by a papal bull of 6 August 1964, when the South Tyrolean parts of the Trento archdiocese around Bolzano and Merano were merged into the former Diocese of Brixen. In turn, the Austrian parts of the Brixen diocese around Feldkirch, Vorarlberg were at first allocated to the Diocese of Innsbruck and elevated to the Diocese of Feldkirch in 1968; the Ladin districts of Fodom (Livinallongo del Col di Lana and Colle Santa Lucia) and Anpez (Cortina d’Ampezzo) passed from Brixen to the Diocese of Belluno. At the same time the episcopal see was moved to Bolzano, where the Assumption of Mary parish church was elevated to a co-cathedral, while the chapter remained in Brixen.

The diocesan ordinary (bishop) is Ivo Muser, appointed on July 27, 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.




  1. ^ "Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone {Bozen-Brixen}" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Bolzano–Bressanone" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016

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Coordinates: 46°42′57″N 11°39′27″E / 46.7158°N 11.6575°E / 46.7158; 11.6575