Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano

The Italian Catholic archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano in Calabria has been a metropolitan see since 2001.[1][2]

Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano

Archidioecesis Cosentina-Bisinianensis
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Cathedral of Cosenza
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical provinceCosenza-Bisignano
Area979 sq mi (2,540 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
381,000 (99.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established7th Century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Cosenza)
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Bisignano)
Patron saintMadonna del Pilerio
Francesco di Paola
Beato Umile da Bisignano
Secular priests163
Current leadership
ArchbishopFrancescantonio Nolè, O.F.M.Conv.
Suffraganssees: Cassano all’Jonio
Archdiocese of Rossano-Cariati
San Marco Argentano-Scalea
Bishops emeritusSalvatore Nunnari
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The Gospel was first preached in Cosenza by missionaries from Reggio; its earliest known bishop is Palumbus, a correspondent (599) of St. Gregory the Great.[3] Cosenza was erected as a diocese in 700.[contradictory][4] Cosenza was raised to the dignity of an archbishopric about 1050. Among the best known Archbishops of Cosenza have been: Ruffo, who perished in the earthquake of 1184; the Cistercian Martino (1285), a prolific but uncritical writer; Pirro Caracciolo (1452), the friend of St. Francis of Paula; Bartolommeo Fleury, who died at Rome (1495) in Castle Sant' Angelo, where he had been imprisoned for forgery of pontifical documents; Taddeo, later Cardinal, Gaddi (1535), who obtained from Paul IV the privilege by which the cathedral canons of Cosenza wear the choir habit of the Vatican basilica; and Giuseppe Maria Sanfelice (1650), frequently charged by the Holy See with diplomatic missions.[3]

In 1908, The diocese has a population of 159,500, with 109 parishes, 264 churches and chapels, 200 secular and 16 regular priests, 2 religious houses of men and 5 of women.[3]

On April 4, 1979, the Archdiocese was united with the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano as Cosenza e Bisignano retaining the former Diocese of Bisignano[5] with remainder renamed as the Diocese of San Marco Argentano-Scalea.[6] On September 30, 1986, the Archdiocese was renamed to Cosenza-Bisignano and was elevated to a Metropolitan See on January 30, 2001.[5]

Minor BasilicasEdit

  • Basilica della Catena, Laurignano, Cosenza, Calabria
  • Basilica of St. Francis of Paola, Paola, Cosenza, Calabria
  • Sanctuary-Basilica of the Blessed Angelo of Acri, Cosenza, Cosenza, Calabria[4]


Diocese of CosenzaEdit

Erected: 7th Century
Latin Name: Cosentina

Archdiocese of CosenzaEdit

Elevated: 1150
Latin Name: Cosentina
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

Archdiocese of Cosenza e BisignanoEdit

United: 4 April 1979 with the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano
Latin Name: Cosentina et Bisinianensis

  • Dino Trabalzini (18 Mar 1980 – 6 Jun 1998 Retired)

Archdiocese of Cosenza-BisignanoEdit

Name Changed: 30 September 1986
Metropolitan See


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ a b c Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Cosenza" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  4. ^ a b "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cosenza–Bisignano". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano". All Dioceses. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Diocese of San Marco Argentano–Scalea". Catholic Dioceses in the World. GCatholic. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Archbishop Andrea Matteo Acquaviva d'Aragona" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Archbishop Giovanni Battista Costanzo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  9. ^ "Archbishop Giulio Antonio Santoro" David M. Cheney. Retrieved November 24, 2016
  10. ^ "Archbishop Gennaro Sanfelice" David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 13, 2016
  11. ^ Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus. HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. p. 179.
  12. ^ "Archbishop Eligio Caracciolo, C.R." David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 7, 2016
  13. ^ "Bishop Nicola Cirillo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 21, 2016

External linksEdit

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

Coordinates: 39°18′00″N 16°15′00″E / 39.3000°N 16.2500°E / 39.3000; 16.2500