Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Naples

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Naples (Italian: Arcidiocesi di Napoli; Latin: Archidioecesis Neapolitana) is a Roman Catholic Archdiocese in southern Italy, the see being in Naples. A Christian community was founded there in the 1st century AD and the diocese of Naples was raised to the level of an Archdiocese in the 10th century.[1][2] Two Archbishops of Naples have been elected Pope, Paul IV and Innocent XII.[3][4]

Archdiocese of Naples

Archidioecesis Neapolitana

Arcidiocesi di Napoli
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Naples Cathedral
Ecclesiastical provinceNaples
Area274 km2 (106 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,715,000 (98.3%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1st Century
CathedralCattedrale di Maria SS. Assunta
Patron saintAspren
Current leadership
ArchbishopDomenico Battaglia
Auxiliary BishopsFrancesco Beneduce, S.J.,
Michele Autuoro,
Gaetano Castello
Bishops emeritusCrescenzio Sepe

In 2004 it counted c. 1,600,000 baptized people.[1]

The current ordinary of the Archdiocese of Naples is Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe. Lucio Lemmo and Gennaro Acampa are auxiliary bishops.[1]

In the foreword to the Summa Theologica, the famous theological summary of the Catholic Church's doctrines, where a biography of the author, Saint Thomas Aquinas, is found, it is mentioned that he was offered the post of Archbishop of Naples (in the 1200s), which even then was one of the most prominent archdioceses, but turned it down.



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  1. ^ a b c d "Archdiocese of Napoli {Naples}" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Diocese of Napoli" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Loughlin, James (1911). "Pope Paul IV". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  4. ^ Ott, Michael (1910). "Pope Innocent XII". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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