Roman Catholic Diocese of Anagni-Alatri

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Anagni-Alatri (Latin: Dioecesis Anagnina-Alatrina), in Lazio, has existed since 1986. In that year the Diocese of Alatri was united to the historical Diocese of Anagni. The diocese is a suffragan of the Diocese of Rome.[1][2]

Diocese of Anagni-Alatri

Dioecesis Anagnina-Alatrina
Vue d'ensemble cathédrale Santa-Maria d'Anagni.JPG
Anagni Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area787 km2 (304 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
92,390 (est.)
89,500 (96.9%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5th century
CathedralBasilica Cattedrale di Maria SS. Annunziata (Anagni)
Co-cathedralBasilica Concattedrale di S. Paolo Apostolo (Alatri)
Secular priests41 (diocesan)
22 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
BishopLorenzo Loppa


Anagni as a bishopric appears in history in the fifth century. Felix, its bishop, was present at the Lateran Synod held in 487,[3] and Fortunatus was amongst those who signed the Acts of the Synod of 499.[4] in later centuries the Bishopric of Anagni attained great importance because its occupants received special consideration from the popes. Zachary of Anagni was the legate of Pope Nicholas I at the Council of Constantinople in 861, to decide as to the validity of the election of Photius to the patriarchate. In 896 Stephen of Anagni became Pope. Anagni gave four popes to the Church, all related to one another: Pope Innocent III (1198-1216); Pope Gregory IX (1227–41); Pope Alexander IV (1254–61); Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303).

Thomas Becket in his flight was received at Anagni by the canons, and a chapel was erected to him in the basement of the cathedral at the request of Henry II of England. Boniface VIII was violently attacked at Anagni by Guillaume Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna, emissaries of Philippe le Bel.[5]


Diocese of AnagniEdit

Erected: 5th Century
Latin Name: Anagninus
Metropolitan: Diocese of Rome


Diocese of Anagni-AlatriEdit

Co-cathedral in Alatri

30 September 1986 United with the Diocese of Alatri

  • Luigi Belloli (7 Dec 1987 – 6 Mar 1999 Retired)
  • Francesco Lambiasi (6 Mar 1999 – 28 Jun 2002 Resigned)
  • Lorenzo Loppa (28 Jun 2002 – )


  1. ^ "Diocese of Anagni-Alatri" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 23, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Anagni-Alatri" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 14, 2016
  3. ^ Mansi. VII, 1171.[full citation needed]
  4. ^ Mommsen, M. G. H. Auct., Ant., XII, 400.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  6. ^ "Bishop Gaspare Viviani" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ a b c d e Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. p. 82.
  8. ^ "Bishop Sebastiano Gentili" David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 20, 2017
  9. ^ a b c Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus (1952). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. Patavii: Messagero di S. Antonio. p. 83. (in Latin)



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