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The Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo (Latin: Dioecesis Ventimiliensis-Sancti Romuli) is a Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Liguria, northern Italy. The name of the historic Diocese of Ventimiglia (dioecesis Albintimiliensis, and Intimiliensis) was changed in 1975. It was originally a suffragan diocese of the Metropolitanate of Milan up to 1806, when it was transferred to the Metropolitanate of Aix; but it has been a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Genoa since 1818.[1]

Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo

Dioecesis Ventimiliensis-Sancti Romuli
Ventimiglia cattedrale.jpg
Ventimiglia Cathedral
Ecclesiastical provinceGenoa
Area715 km2 (276 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
158,000 (est.)
152,400 (est.) (96.5%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established7th Century
CathedralCattedrale di Nostra Signora Assunta (Ventimiglia)
Co-cathedralBasilica Concattedrale di S. Siro (Sanremo)
Secular priests56 (diocesan)
34 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
BishopAntonio Suetta
Bishops emeritusAlberto Maria Careggio
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo in Italy.svg



It is probable that Ventimiglia had a bishop from the fifth century[contradictory]; the first known is Joannes (680).

Bishop Gianfrancesco Gandolfo (1623–1633) negotiated the peace between Savoy and Genoa, which was proclaimed on 10 August 1634[2].

French occupationEdit

In 1798, at the beginning of the occupation of Ventimiglia by the French, the French Directory ordered the confiscation of all the gold and silver in the churches and convents of the diocese. The Cathedral lost its large silver chandeliers, and other precious objects including the silver bust and reliquary of S. Secondo. The Biblioteca Aprosiana lost its manuscripts and incunabula.[3] The diocese of Ventimiglia had been reduced to only thirty-six parishes: two in Monaco, nineteen in the domains of the House of Savoy, and fourteen in the Republic of Geneva.[4] In 1802, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Caprara, the Papal Legate to First Consul N. Bonaparte, wrote to the Chapter of Ventimiglia, in the absence of a bishop, demanding the surrender to the French of those parishes in territory under French control. These included the two parishes in Monaco (Mentone and Roccabruna[5]) and the nineteen which had belonged to the Kingdom of Sardinia. The Chapter complied, and the diocese was reduced to only fourteen parishes.[6]

On 5 April 1806, at the demand of Bonaparte, now Emperor Napoleon I, Pope Pius VII issued the Bull Expositum cum nobis, by which the diocese of Ventimiglia was removed from the metropolitanate of Milan, and made a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Aix.[7]


On 30 May 1818, however, Pope Pius VII, in the Bull Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum, returned Ventimiglia to Italian control, in the form of the House of Savoy, which had been restored to the expanded Kingdom of Sardinia (the King was also Doge of Genoa), and assigned the diocese to the metropolitanate of Genoa.[8]

On 10 July 1886, the small parish of Garavano, which had fallen into French territory, was transferred by agreement between the Bishop of Ventimiglia and the Bishop of Nice from the diocese of Ventimiglia to the diocese of Nice; the transfer was approved by Pope Leo XIII.[9]

On 3 July 1975, the Sacred Congregation of Bishops in the Roman Curia issued a decree, requested by Bishop Angelo Raimondo Verardo, (1967–1988) and authorized by Pope Paul VI, granting a change in the name of the diocese to Ventimiglia-San Remo; a second decree raised the Church of S. Syrus in the city of San Remo to the status of co-cathedral in the diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo.[10]


A diocesan synod was an irregular 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.

A diocesan synod was held by Bishop Domenico Vaccari (1502–1511), in which the subject of witches and the procurement of abortions figured prominently.[11] Bishop Stefano Spinola presided over his first diocesan synod in 1608.[12] A synod, his second, was held by Bishop Mauro Promontorio (1654–1685) on 5–6 July 1683.[13] In 1784 Bishop Domenico Maria Clavarini, O.P. (1775–1797) presided over a diocesan synod.

A diocesan synod was held by Bishop Lorenzo Biale (1837–1877) on 29, 30 and 31 May 1844.[14] Bishop Tommaso Reggio (1877–1892) held another synod on 19, 20, and 21 September 1881.[15] Reggio held his second synod at the diocesan seminary on 3 September 1886.[16]

Cathedral and ChapterEdit

The Chapter of the Cathedral of S. Maria Assumpta consisted of three dignities (the Provost, the Archdeacon and the Cantor) and eight Canons.[17] On 8 June 1182 Pope Lucius III (1181–1185) confirmed the Chapter in its possessions, rights, and privileges, and granted them the right to elect their own Provost. They were also granted the right of presentation of suitable persons to the churches and chapels in the diocese in their possession. These two grants removed powers from the exercise of the bishop of the diocese and placed them in the hands of the Chapter.[18]

The Chapter had a set of Statutes, which were last codified in 1539 and remained in force down into the end of the 18th century. According to these statutes, a Canon might take leave of his Chapter duties for as long as three months per year, without having to have an explanation, so long as the time was not consecutive and a substitute priest or chorister was provided by the Canon so that his duties were carried out. In 1624, however, due to a diminution in the number of Canons, the regulations were tightened so that no more than three Canons could be absent at any one time. By 1787 the situation had improved, and several Canons instituted proceedings against the Bishop and other Canons to return to the old rule. The Sacred Congregation of Rites in the Roman Curia granted their petitition.[19]

In 1752 a dispute arose between the Bishop and the Chapter of Ventimiglia. The custom had been that the Tenth (decima), which was owed to the bishop and the Tenth owed to the Chapter in the town of Ventimiglia and in eight villages and rural districts, were collected at the same time by the same officials. The collection officials were appointed in alternate years by the bishop and the Chapter, and the collections were placed in one warehouse. This custom was followed up to 1716. When some of the villagers, however, refused to pay, the bishop sent his procurators to collect his due portion; the Chapter complained, wishing to observe the old custom, but the bishop demanded a fee for his services; when the Chapter tried to collect the dues on their own, the villagers refused to hand them over. The Chapter then instituted suit in the Papal Court, demanding a return to the old custom. The judgment was that the bishop's procurator and the Chapter's procurator could not be compelled to work together as one.[20]


Diocese of VentimigliaEdit

to 1400Edit

  • Joannes (attested 680)[22]
  • Lucius (attested 690)[23]
  • Mildo (attested c. 940)[24]
  • [Ignotus] (attested 962)[25]
  • Martinus (attested 1090, 1110)[26]
  • Stephanus (attested 1169, 1179; died 1193)[27]
  • Guido (attested 1198)[28]
  • Guilelmus (attested 1210; 1232)[29]
  • Nicolaus Lercari (1232 – c. 1244)[30]
  • Jacobus de Castello Arquato, O,P. (1244–1250)[31]
  • Atto (1251–1262)[32]
  • ? Norgandus
  • Joannes de Alzati
  • Ubertus Visconti (attested 1265)[33]
  • Joannes (1297–1303)[34]
  • Otho (1304–1319)[35]
  • Raimundus, O.Min. (1320–1328)[36]
  • Petrus, O.P. (1328–1345)[37]
  • Bonifacius, O.S.A. (1345–1348)
  • Angelus (1348–1350)[38]
  • Pinus (1350–1352)[39]
  • Ruffinus (1352–1373)
  • Robertus (1373–1380)[40]
  • Bertrandus (1381–1392) (Avignon Obedience)
  • Petrus (Marinaco), O.Min. (1392–1409) (Avignon Obedience)[41]
  • Bartholomeus (1409) (Avignon Obedience)[42]
  • Jacobus Fieschi (c. 1381–1382) (Roman Obedience)[43]
  • Benedictus Boccanegra (1382–1411) (Roman Obedience)[44]

1400 to 1700Edit

Cardinal Innocenzo Cibo (Cybo)[54]

since 1700Edit

  • Ambrogio Spinola, B. (6 Jun 1701 – 10 Mar 1710)[67]
  • Carlo Maria Mascardi, B. (7 Apr 1710 – 9 Dec 1731)[68]
  • Antonio Maria Bacigalupi, Sch. P. (31 Mar 1732 – 15 Jul 1740) [69]
  • Pier Maria Giustiniani, O.S.B. (17 Apr 1741 – 5 Oct 1765)[70]
Sede vacante (1765–1767)[71]
  • Angelo Luigi Giovo, O.S.B. (28 Sep 1767 – 6 Apr 1774)[72]
  • Domenico Maria Clavarini, O.P. (13 Mar 1775 – 1 Oct 1797)[73]
Sede vacante (1797–1804)[74]
  • Paolo Girolamo Orengo, Sch. P. (24 Sep 1804 – 30 May 1812)[75]
  • Felice Levreri (Levrieri) (2 Oct 1820 Confirmed – 5 May 1824)[76]
  • Giovanni Battista de Albertis (28 Feb 1831 Confirmed – 12 Nov 1836 Resigned)[77]
  • Lorenzo Giovanni Battista Biale (19 May 1837 – 26 Jun 1877)[78]
  • Tommaso Reggio (26 Jun 1877 – 11 Jul 1892)[79]
  • Ambrogio Daffra (11 Jul 1892 – 3 Aug 1932)[80]
  • Agostino Rousset (27 Jan 1933 – 3 Oct 1965)[81]
  • Angelo Raimondo Verardo, O.P. (8 Apr 1967 – 7 Dec 1988 Retired)

Diocese of Ventimiglia-San RemoEdit

Co-cathedral in San Remo

Name Changed: 3 July 1975

  • Giacomo Barabino (7 Dec 1988 – 20 Mar 2004 Retired)[82]
  • Alberto Maria Careggio (20 Mar 2004 – 25 Jan 2014 Retired)
  • Antonio Suetta (25 Jan 2014 – )[83]


In a bull of 29 June 1831, Pope Gregory XVI reassigned eight parishes from the diocese of Nice and twenty-five from Albenga to the diocese of Vintimiglia.[84] In 1921 there were 75 parishes, staffed by 210 secular and religious priests.[85]

Of the 99 parishes, all but two are in the Province of Imperia, Liguria. The others are in the Province of Cuneo in Piedmont.[86]


Province of ImperiaEdit

S. Clemente
Santi Filippo e Giacomo
Purificazione di Maria Vergine
S. Maria Assunta e S.Giorgio
SS. Vergine del Rosario
S. Nicolò da Bari
Immacolata Concezione
S. Maria Maddalena
S. Nicolò da Bari
Santi Pietro e Paolo
S. Marco Evangelista
SS. Trinità (Trinità)
S. Antonino
Castel Vittorio
S. Stefano Protomartire
S. Pietro in Vincoli
Santi Pietro e Paolo
Natività di Maria Vergine
Nostra Signora degli Angeli
Visitazione di Maria Santissima
S. Antonio Abate
S. Antonio Abate
S. Maria Maddalena
S. Giacomo Maggiore
Molini di Triora
Natività di Maria Santissima
Natività di Maria Vergine
Nostra Signora della Misericordia
S. Carlo Borromeo
S. Giacomo Apostolo
S. Lorenzo Martire
S. Vincenzo Ferreri
Santi Faustino e Giovita
Montalto Ligure
Santi Giovanni Battista e Giorgio
Olivetta San Michele
S. Antonio Da Padova
Santi Angeli Custodi
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Nicolò di Bari
S. Bernardo
Santi Cosma e Damiano
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Michele Arcangelo
Nostra Signora Assunta
Riva Ligure
S. Maurizio Martire
Rocchetta Nervina
S. Stefano Protomartire
San Biagio della Cima
Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano
San Lorenzo al Mare
S. Maria Maddalena
Annunciazione (Borgo)
Natività di Maria Vergine
Nostra Signora del Rosario (Baragallo)
Nostra Signora della Mercede (S.Martino)
Nostra Signora della Misericordia (Marina)
S. Antonio
S. Bartolomeo
S. Donato
S. Giuseppe
S. Lorenzo Martire (Solaro)
S. Maria degli Angeli
S. Pietro Apostolo
S. Rocco
S. Romolo Vescovo
S. Siro nella Concattedrale
Sacro Cuore di Gesù (Bussana)
S. Sebastiano (Coldirodi)
S. Margherita (Poggio di Sanremo)
S. Giacomo Apostolo (San Giacomo)
Santo Stefano al Mare
S. Stefano Protomartire
S. Martino Vescovo
S. Giovanni Battista
Santi Apostoli Giacomo e Filippo
Santi Francesco Saverio e Paola Romana Levà (Arma di Taggia)
Santi Giuseppe e Antonio (Arma di Taggia)
Natività di S. Giovanni Battista
Natività di Maria Santissima
Nostra Signora Assunta
Nostra Signora del Carmelo
Nostra Signora del Rosario
SS. Nome di Maria
S. Lorenzo Martire
Maria Ausiliatrice
S. Rocco
S. Antonio Abate (Vallecrosia Alta)
Addolorata e S.Luigi
Cattedrale Nostra Signora Assunta
Cristo Re
Natività di Maria SS.
Nostra Signora di Lourdes e S.Lorenzo
S. Agostino
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Michele Arcangelo
S. Nicola Da Tolentino
S. Pancrazio
S. Secondo
S. Teresa d’Avila
Santi Pietro e Paolo
Natività di Maria SS.Ma (Grimaldi di Ventimiglia)
Santi Angeli Custodi (Grimaldi di Ventimiglia)
S. Mauro (La Mortola Inferiore)
S. Bartolomeo (Latte)


Province of CuneoEdit

Nostra Signora della Neve
S. Anna


  1. ^ Kehr, p. 364: Pertinuit ad Mediolanensium archiepiscoporum provinciam ad annum usque 1806, quo Aquensi metropoli in Gallia addicta est. Anno vero 1818 Pius VII eam Ianuensi provinciae metropolitanae subdidit. Cf. David M. Cheney,, "Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo"; retrieved February 29, 2016. [self-published source] Gabriel Chow,, "Diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo"; retrieved February 29, 2016. [self-published source]. Umberto Benigni, "Diocese of Ventimiglia." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912; retrieved: 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ Rossi (1886), p. 210.
  3. ^ Rossi (1886), p. 284.
  4. ^ G. Moroni (ed.), Dizionario di erudizione storioc-ecclesiastica Vol. XCIII (Venezia: Emiliana 1859), p. 209, col. 2.
  5. ^ The parish of Santa Maria di Roccabruna had been confirmed as a possession of the diocese of Ventimiglia as early as 8 June 1182, in a bull of Pope Lucius III. Rossi (1886), p. 95.
  6. ^ Moroni, pp. 209-210. Semerio, II, p. 527.
  7. ^ Pius VII (1847). Bullarii Romani continuatio Summorum Pontificum (in Latin). Tomus decimus tertius (13). Romae: ex typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae. p. 17.: non Vintimiliensis respective, ecclesiae metropolitanae Aquensis.... Rossi, Storia (1886), p. 317.
  8. ^ Moroni, p. 210 column 1. Cf. Rossi (1886), p. 321. On 11 October 1820, Pius VII named Felice Levreri, parish priest of the church of S. Marco in Genoa, as the new bishop.
  9. ^ Leonis XIII Pontificis maximi Acta (in Latin). Vol. VI. Rome: Ex Typ. Vaticana. 1887. pp. 111–115.
  10. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 67 (Città del Vaticano: Typis polyglottis Vaticanis, 1975), pp. 677-678.
  11. ^ Rossi (1886), p. 235 with note 3.
  12. ^ Prima Synodus diocesana per illustris ac reverendissimi d.d. Stephani Spinulae episcopi Vintimiliensis, (Romae: ex tip. rev. Apostolica Camera 1608).
  13. ^ Decreta ab Illmo. et Revmo D. D. Mauro Promontorio, epsicopo Vintimiliensi sancita, in secunda synodo diocesiana (Nice: Joannes romerus 1683).
  14. ^ Giovan Domenico Mansi, ed. (1907). Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, (in Latin). 39. Paris: Expensis H. Welter. p. 475.
  15. ^ Tommaso Reggio (1882). Synodus dioecesana Albintimiliensis ab ... Thoma Marchione Reggio, episcopo in cathedrali templo habita diebus 19, 20, 21 Sept. anno 1881 ... (in Latin). Genoa: Ex Office typ. lectionum catholicarum.
  16. ^ Synodus Albintimiliensis altera ab Illmo et Revmo Thoma e marchionhibus Reggio episcopo in Senimarii sui sacello habita, die tertia septembris, anno 1886, episcopatus sui X, Genuae: ex officina typ. lectionum catholicarum, 1886.
  17. ^ Ughelli, p. 302. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica V, p. 409, note 1.
  18. ^ Kehr, p. 366, no. 7. The rights and privileges were also confirmed by Pope Urban V on 21 November 1365.
  19. ^ Gardellini, Aloisio; Muhlbauer, Wolfgang, eds. (1867). Decreta authentica Congregationis Sacrorum Rituum et instructio clementina (in Latin). Tomus Tertius: Sepultura - Zona Canonicorum. Munich: Lentner. p. 709.
  20. ^ This right to collect the decima had originally been approved by Pope Lucius III and Pope Urban V. Salvator Pallottini, ed. (1880). Collectio omnium conclusionum et resolutionum quae in causis propositis apud sacram congregationem cardinalium S. Concilii Tridentini interpretum prodierunt (in Latin). Rome: typis Sacrae congregationis de propaganda fide. pp. 98–99.
  21. ^ Palaemon Bima published a list of the bishops of Ventimiglia, based, he says, on various documents supplied him by a Canon of Ventimiglia and the Canon Theological of Ventimiglia, as well as from an "antichissimo manoscritto ci fu da rispettabile persona communicato, senza però garantirne l'autenticità". His list begins with sixteen bishops, obviously designed to carry the history of the bishops of the diocese back to the apostolic age; but there is no documentary evidence as to their existence. They are not mentioned by Ughelli, Gams, Rossi, Kehr, and Lanzoni. Palemone Luigi Bima (1842). Serie cronologica dei romani pontefici e degli arcivescovi e vescovi di tutti gli stati di Terraferma & S. S. B. M. e di alcune del regno di Sardegna (in Italian) (seconda ed.). Torino: Fratelli Falvale. pp. 288–290.
  22. ^ Bishop Joannes subscribed to the Acts of the synod of Rome in 680 under Pope Agatho. Ughelli, IV, p. 302. Semerio, II, p. 487. Lanzoni, p. 844.
  23. ^ Bishop Lucius consecrated the church of S. Lazzaro di Tenda in 690 (DCXC). Rossi (1907), p. 407.
  24. ^ Mildone subscribed a document of Bishop Atto of Vercelli: Ughelli, IV, p. 302. Semerio, II, p. 488. Rossi (1907), p. 407.
  25. ^ An unnamed bishop of Ventimiglia took part in the Coronation of the Emperor Otto I in Rome in February 962, as part of the suite of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Milan. Semerio, II, p. 488.
  26. ^ Martinus: Semerio, II, pp. 489-490. Kehr, p. 364, no. 1.
  27. ^ Stephanus attended the Lateran Council of 1179. He died on 7 August 1193. Rossi (1886), p. 97 with note 3. Semerio, II, pp. 489-490. Kehr, p. 364, nos. 2-3.
  28. ^ Guido: Rossi (1886), pp. 97-98.
  29. ^ Bishop Guilelmus attended the Milanese provincial council at Lodi on 21 May 1229. Guilelmus died in August 1232. Rossi (1886), p. 98. Rossi (1907), p. 365 note 1. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  30. ^ Nicolaus Lercari, Canon of the Church of S. Maria de Vineis in Genoa, was elected bishop by the Chapter of Ventimiglia on 15 August 1232. His name was submitted to Archbishop Guilelmus of Milan for confirmation, and on 8 September 1232 the Primicerius (Archdeacon) of Milan ordered him to appear for his canonical examination. There had been two candidates, the other being Fulco da Dervio, and there was a contested election. The Archbishop quashed the election, but an appeal to Rome awarded the office to Lercari. Lercari was removed by Pope Innocent IV in 1244. Ughelli, IV, pp. 302-305. Semerio II, pp. 492-494. Cappelletti, pp. 583-592. Rossi (1886), pp. 98-99. Rossi (1907), p. 365, 409.
  31. ^ Jacobus: Ughelli, pp. 305-307. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  32. ^ Atto was still Electus when privileges were granted him, "in the absence of a bishop or Legate" by Pope Innocent IV on 17 January 1251. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  33. ^ Ubertus was the brother of Otto, Archbishop of Milan. Ughelli, p. 307.
  34. ^ Joannes: Gams, p. 826. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  35. ^ Otho was the son of Count Guglielmo Pietro of Ventimiglia and Eudoxia Lascaris. He had been Canon and Provost of the Cathedral of Ventimiglia, and had been appointed Procurator at the Council of Milan in September 1287. He was elected, and then provided as bishop by Pope Benedict XI on 5 January 1304. He was unable to attend the council of the diocese of Milan held at Bergamo in 1311, and sent a Procurator with his canonical excuse. He died in 1819, and after his death the Chapter of the Cathedral elected Giacomo di Massimine of Alba as his successor, but the election was quashed by Pope John XXII. Otto was the last elected bishop of Ventimiglia. Semerio, II, pp. 497-498. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  36. ^ Raymond was appointed bishop by Pope John XXII on 26 November 1320. He had been a papal Penitentiary and the Pope's Confessor. He was transferred to the diocese of Vence on 6 September 1328 by John XXII. Semerio, II, p. 498. Eubel, I, pp. 519, 528.
  37. ^ Petrus was appointed bishop of Ventimiglia on 6 September 1328 by Pope John XXII. He died in January 1345. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  38. ^ Angelo was appointed on 14 August 1348 by Pope Clement VI. He was transferred to the diocese of Tricarico on 19 November 1350. Eubel, I, pp. 496, 528.
  39. ^ Bishop Pinus (Pietro Giso) was transferred to the diocese of Brindisi on 2 November 1352 by Pope Clement VI. Cappelletti, p. 594. Eubel, I, pp. 149, 528.
  40. ^ Robertus is recorded in a document of 12 March 1380, but a document of 3 December notes that the bishop of Ventimiglia was dead. Rossi (1907), pp. 391-392; 409. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  41. ^ Petrus was appointed by Pope Clement VII on 27 August 1392. He was transferred to the diocese of Famagusta by Pope Alexander V on 4 September 1409; this was a regularization of a transfer already made by Benedict XIII in 1408. Rossi (1907), p. 410 (who makes his appointment in 1386, wrongly). Eubel, I, p. 528. II, p. 245.
  42. ^ Bartolomeo del Giudici was appointed by Benedict XIII in 1409, after his deposition by the Council of Pisa. Rossi (1907), p. 409.
  43. ^ Jacobus Fieschi was promoted to the diocese of Genoa by Urban VI in 1382. He died on 24 November 1400. Rossi (1907), p. 409. Eubel, II, p. 282.
  44. ^ Benedetto Boccanegra was the successor of Jacobus Fieschi, appointed on 8 October 1382. On 25 September 1399, he authorized the creation of a new benefice in the Cathedral. Ughelli, p. 307, says that he was Treasurer of the Holy Roman Church. He took part in the Council of Pisa in 1409. Rossi (1907), p. 410. Eubel, I, p. 528.
  45. ^ Thomas de Amelia was appointed by Pope Martin V after the Council of Constance, which had deposed Gregory XII, John XXIII, and Benedict XIII, and after the death of Bishop Bartolomeo. The existence of Thomas Judicia, an appointee of Benedict XIII, was ignored. Thomas de Amelia died on 27 January 1422. Eubel, I, p. 524.
  46. ^ Ottobono, who was a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) and a Protonotary Apostolic, was appointed by Pope Martin V on 18 February 1422. He died in 1435. Gams, p. 827. Eubel, I, p. 524.
  47. ^ Jacobus Feo de Saona: Eubel, II, p. 268.
  48. ^ Gams, p. 827.
  49. ^ De' Giudici, of Finale in Liguria, was appointed Bishop of Ventimiglia on 22 April 1471, and was transferred to the Diocese of Amalfi on 26 April 1482; but this transfer was never carried out. On 25 September 1482, in Rome in the presence of Pope Sixtus IV, still as Bishop of Ventimiglia he preached the funeral sermon of Captain Roberto Malatesta. He was reappointed to Ventimiglia on 4 February 1484 by Pope Sixtus IV, and was also named titular Bishop of Patras. Ughelli, p. 308 (with many misstatements). Semerio, II, pp. 505-506. Cappelletti, pp. 598-599. Eubel, II, p. 268 with note 2.
  50. ^ A native of Genoa, Pallavicino was appointed bishop of Ventimiglia in June 1484 by Pope Sixtus IV. He was the Datary of Pope Innocent VIII from August 1484 to 1489, an office which required his residence with the pope; therefore, he did not reside in the diocese of Ventimiglia. He was transferred to the diocese of Orense (Spain) on 27 January 1486. He was named a cardinal on 9 March 1489. He died on 11 September 1507. Joannes Burchard (1855). A. Gennarelli (ed.). Johannis Burchardi ... Diarium Innocentii viii, Alexandri VI, Pii III, et Julii II tempora complectens, nunc primum publici juris factum comm. adjectis ab A. Gennarelli. (Gli scrittori e i mon. della storia ital.) (in Latin). Firenze: Tipografia sulle Logge del Grano. pp. 111, note 1. Ughelli, pp. 308-309. Cappelletti, p. 509. Semerio, II, pp. 507-508. Rossi (1886), p. 188. Eubel, II, p 99 with note 4; p. 268 with note 3.
  51. ^ Fregoso had been Vicar General of Cardinal Paolo Fregoso, Archbishop of Genoa and Doge of Genoa, his father. Eubel, II, p. 268.
  52. ^ Vaccari was probably born at Sospello in the County of Nice. He had been a Canon of Genoa by 1481, and was also Provost of S. Giorgio. In 1481 he was named Vicar of Archbishop Campofregoso of Genoa. He was named bishop of the diocese of Noli (1485–1502), and was transferred to Ventimiglia on 24 January 1502. He died or resigned in 1511. Guicciardini, Storia d'Italia, says that Pope Julius II replaced him with Alessandro de Campofregoso in order to make the political situation more difficult for Louis XII of France. Rossi, Storia della città di Ventimiglia, pp. 189-190. Atti della Società ligure di storia patria (in Italian). Genoa: Per Tommaso Ferrando. 1971. p. 36. Eubel, II, pp. 200, 268; III, p. 334 note 2.
  53. ^ Fregoso had been driven out of Genoa, where he had hopes of being elected Doge. In 1518 and 1519 he organized attacks on the Genoese government. Sebastiano Giustiniani (1854). Rawdon Brown (ed.). Four Years at the Court of Henry VIII. Selection of His Despatches Addressed to the Signory of Venice January 12th 1515, to July 26th 1519. Vol. II. London: Smith, Eder. pp. 246–248. Francesco Guicciardini (1754). A. P. Goddard (ed.). The History of Italy: From the Year 1490 to 1532. Vol. VII. London: J.Towers. pp. 141–146. Rossi (1907), p. 410.
  54. ^ Cibo was only the Administrator of the diocese during the Sede vacante, 27 Jul 1519 to 8 Aug 1519. He was never consecrated a bishop, and was never installed. Ughelli, p. 310. Eubel, III, p. 334.
  55. ^ Visconti was a member of the ducal family of Milan. He had served as Ambassador to the King of Spain. He was made a Prothonotary Apostolic by Pope Pius IV, and appointed Bishop of Ventimiglia on 5 December 1562. He participated in the Council of Trent in 1562 and 1563, and had been Nuncio in Spain in 1563, and Nuncio to the Emperor in 1564. He was created a cardinal on 12 March 1565, and transferred to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro on 6 July 1565 by Pope Pius IV. He died on 12 November 1565. Ughelli, p. 310. Semeria II, pp. 511-512. Eubel, III, p. 334.
  56. ^ Cardinal Lomellini was named Bishop of Ventimiglia on 6 July 1565, but on 7 September 1565 he was appointed Bishop of Luni e Sarzana. He was not consecrated a bishop until 11 November 1565. After his transfer, the bishop of Ventimiglia was summoned to Cardinal Carlo Borromeo's first provincial council in Milan, but the seat was vacant when the council met in October 1565. Eubel, III, pp. 41 no. 44; 231, 334.
  57. ^ Grimaldi had previously been Bishop of Sagona (1562–1565) He was named bishop of Ventimiglia by Pope Pius IV on 8 December 1565, the day before the Pope's death. Grimaldi distinguished himself at the Council of Trent. Grimaldi was transferred to the diocese of Albenga) on 26 November 1572. Ughelli, IV, p. 310. Eubel, III, pp. 288, 324. Semerio, II, p. 513, is incorrect in attributing his earlier bishopric to Savona.
  58. ^ Galbiati took part in the IV provincial council of Milan held by the Archbishop, Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, on 10 May 1576; in the V provincial council of 7 May 1579; and in the VI provincial council of 10 May 1582. He died on 18 December 1600. The Chapter of the Cathedral then elected its Provost, Ascanio Aprosio, as Vicar Capitular, to govern the diocese until a new bishop took possession. Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis (in Latin). Tomus primus. Milan: Pagnonius. 1843. pp. 204, 299, 328. Rossi (1886), pp. 197, 233. Gauchat, Hierarchia catholica IV, p. 363 note 2.
  59. ^ Spinola, a priest of the diocese of Genoa, was appointed by Pope Clement VIII on 15 April 1602. He was present at the VII Provincial Synod of Milan in 1609. He died on 22 December 1613. Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis (in Latin). Tomus primus. Milan: Pagnonius. 1843. p. 358. Rossi (1886), p. 233. Gauchat, p. 363 with note 3.
  60. ^ Curlo was a native of Taggia, in the diocese of Ventimiglia. He obtained the degree of Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law), and Canon of the Collegiate Church of Porto Maurizio. He served as Assessor (judge) on the staff of Msgr. Costa, the papal Nuncio to the Duke of Savoy. He was named Bishop of Ventimiglia on 27 August 1614. He was then appointed Apostolic Visitor to the dioceses of Corsica by Pope Paul V, at the request of the government of Genoa, with the mission of reconciling the bishops and the civil authorities of the island, most of whom had been Genovese, with their native populations. He died on 13 November 1616, at the age of 32 (according to his epitaph; the age of 41, according to Gauchat), in the house of Cardinal Domenico Rovere, Bishop of Aleria. He had been poisoned. Cappelletti, p. 604. Rossi (1886), p. 234. Gauchat, p. 363 with note 4.
  61. ^ Spinola: Gauchat, p. 363 with note 5.
  62. ^ Gandolfo was transferred to the diocese of Alba Pompea on 10 January 1633. He died in 1642. Cappelletti, p. 605. Rossi (1886), p. 210. Gauchat, pp. 75 with note 6; 363 with note 6.
  63. ^ Gavotti resigned the bishopric of Ventimiglia on 27 January 1633.
  64. ^ Promontorio was born in Sarzana of a Genoese father in 1622. Rossi reports the existence of a letter of Promontorio from Rome on 29 May 1654, announcing his appointment as bishop of Ventimiglia, and a reply from the syndics of Ventimiglia on 9 June. He was consecrated in Rome by Cardinal Marcantonio Franciotti on 24 June 1654. He celebrated two diocesan synods, the second synod in 1683. Rossi (1886), pp. 239-241. Gauchat, IV, p. 363 with note 8 (Gauchat's date of 22 June 1654 is a misprint from the line above in his text; the correct date of 22 May is also given by Cappelletti, p. 605).
  65. ^ Naselli belonged to a noble family of Savona, and held the degree Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). He was Provost of the Cathedral of Savona. In 1687 he established the monastery of the Canons Regular of S. Augustine; it was suppressed in 1797 by the French Republic. He was transferred to the diocese of Sarzana by Pope Innocent XII on 7 February 1695; a Vicar Capitular was elected, Msgr. Melchiorre Curti. Cappelletti, p. 606. Semerio, II, pp. 519-520. Rossi (1886), pp. 241-242. Ritzler, V, p. 409 with note 2.
  66. ^ Ritzler, V, p. 409 with note 3.
  67. ^ Spinola was born in Genoa in 1645. He was Provincial of the Province of Etruria of the Congregation of the Barnabites, and Assistant General of the Order. He was appointed bishop of Ventimiglia by Pope Clement VIII on 6 June 1701. On 10 March 1710 Bishop Spinola was transferred to the diocese of Luni e Sarzana. He resigned on 29 June 1726, and died on 21 December 1727. Ritzler, V, pp. 250; 410 with note 4.
  68. ^ Ritzler, V, p. 410 with note 5.
  69. ^ Bacigalupi was born in Genoa. He served as a lecturer in philosophy and theology, and then as Rector of the College of S. Maria in Porticu in Rome. He was Assistant, and then Procurator General of his Order. He was named Bishop of Ventimiglia on 31 March 1732, and consecrated in Rome on 4 May 1732 by Cardinal Pier Marcellino Corradini. Ritzler, VI, p. 437 with note 2.
  70. ^ Giustiniani was born in Chios. He was lecturer in philosophy and theology and Consultor of the Office of the Holy Inquisition in Cesena. He became Dean of the Congregation of Monte Cassino, O.S.B. He was named Bishop of Sagona (Corsica) on 9 December 1726, and was consecrated by Pope Benedict XIII on 22 December. He was named Bishop of Ventimiglia on 17 April 1741. He built the new episcopal palace, and held a diocesan synod. He died on 5 October 1765. G. Moroni (ed.), Dizionario di erudizione storioc-ecclesiastica Vol. XCIII (Venezia: Emiliana 1859), p. 208, col. 1. Ritzler, V, p. 339 with note 6; VI, p. 437 with note 3.
  71. ^ Nicolò Pasquale di Franchi was nominated Bishop of Ventimigili, but because of the diplomatic impasse between the Republic of Genoa and the Papacy, the Vatican refused to approve the nomination. Moroni, Dizionario 93, p. 208, col. 1.
  72. ^ Giovo was a native of Luni-Sarzana. He was lecturer in theology and then Prior of the monastery of S. Catherine in Genoa. He was approved as Bishop of Ventimiglia in Consistory by Pope Clement XIII on 28 September 1767, and was consecrated in Rome on 29 September by Cardinal Ferdinando Rossi. He was able to restore good relations with the Prince of Monaco, and to recover episcopal authority in the principality. Ritzler, VI, p. 437 with note 4.
  73. ^ Clavarini was a native of Genoa. He obtained the degree of Master of theology in 1773. He taught philosophy and theology in Luni. He was appointed Bishop of Ventimiglia on 13 March 1775, and was consecrated in Rome on 26 March by Cardinal Lazzaro Pallavicini. He died on 1 October 1797 (Cappelletti, p. 609, makes the date 2 October). Ritzler, VI, p. 437 with note 5.
  74. ^ Cappelletti, p. 609.
  75. ^ Orengo was appointed Bishop of Ventimiglia on 24 September 1804 by Pope Pius VII. He died on 30 May 1812. Cappelletti, XIII, p. 610. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VII, p. 392.
  76. ^ Levrieri: Rossi, Storia (1886), p. 320-321. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VII, p. 392.
  77. ^ In 1840, De Albertis was named titular Archbishop of Nazienzus. He died on 4 January 1862. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VII, pp. 278, 392.
  78. ^ Biale had been Provost of the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo in Genoa, and professor of Canon Law at the University of Genoa. He was nominated by the King of Sicily on 18 February 1837, and preconised (approved) by Pope Gregory XVI on 19 May 1837. He presided at a diocesan synod in 1844. He died on 26 June 1877. Rossi, Storia (1886), p. 322. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VII, p. 392.
  79. ^ Reggio was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Ventimiglia by Pope Pius IX on 20 March 1877, and he succeeded to the bishopric on the death of Bishop Biale on 16 June. He was transferred to the diocese of Genoa on 11 July 1892. He died on 22 November 1901. Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VIII, pp. 316, 534 585. Angelo Montonati (2015). Beato Tommaso Reggio. Un profeta dei tempi nuovi (in Italian). Bergamo: Velar. ISBN 978-88-6671-220-6.
  80. ^ Daffra was born at Canneto in 1841, and became a priest of the diocese of Tortona. He was director of studies and then Rector of the local seminary. He was appointed Canon of the Cathedral of Tortona.The Catholic Encyclopedia. Supplement 1. New York: Encyclopedia Press. 1922. p. 757. Daffra: Ritzler-Sefrin, Hierarchia catholica VIII, p. 585. G. Simonetti, Mons. Ambrogio Daffra, vescovo di Ventimiglia, San Remo: Casablanca, 2000.
  81. ^ Rousset was born in Beaulard (diocese of Susa) in 1887. He was a priest of the diocese of Susa, and was consecrated a bishop on 26 March 1933 by the Bishop of Susa, Umberto Ugliengo. He was the brother of Archbishop Rinaldo Rousset, of Reggio Calabria (1909–1926). Annuario pontificio (Rome 1959), p. 507.
  82. ^ Diocesi di Ventimiglia San Remo, La celebrazione per mons. Barabino , 27 maggio 2018; retrieved: 30 May 2018. (in Italian)
  83. ^ Bishop Suetta was born at Loano (Savona) in 1962. He studied at the diocesan seminary of Albenga and was ordained in 1986. In 1988 he obtained a church licenciate in theology from the Lateran University in Rome, and a doctorate in the same subject in 2009 from the Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He served as a parish priest and taught religion in the state liceo in Oneglia Imperia; he also served in Cesio, Caravonica, and Borgio Verezzi. He then taught theology, ecclesiology and mariology at the seminary in Albenga. He was then a member of several diocesan administrative committees, and became a member of the administrative council of the Pontifical Foundation for the Goods and Artistic Activity of the Church in Rome. In 2008 he was named a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter of Albenga. In 2011 he became Rector of the diocesan seminary. He was appointed Bishop of Ventimiglia by Pope Francis on 25 January 2014, and was consecrated a bishop on 1 March by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa. Chiesa di Ventimiglia San Remo, Biografia S.E. Mons. Antonio Suetta Vescovo di Ventimiglia – San Remo; retrieved 2018-14-05. (in Italian)
  84. ^ Rossi (1886), p. 321.
  85. ^ The Catholic Encyclopedia. Supplement 1. New York: Encyclopedia Press. 1922. p. 757.
  86. ^ Source for parishes: CCI (2008), Parrocchie, Chiesa Cattolica Italiana, archived from the original on 2008-02-01, retrieved 2008-03-14




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