Roman Catholic Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro

The Italian Catholic Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro was until 1977 the historic Diocese of Montefeltro. It is a Latin suffragan of the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia.[1][2] The current diocese includes all the parishes of San Marino.

Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro

Dioecesis Sammarinensis-Feretrana

Diocesi di San Marino-Montefeltro
Pennabilli Cathedral
CountryItaly, San Marino
Ecclesiastical provinceRavenna-Cervia
Area800 km2 (310 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
65,063 (94.3%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established9th century
CathedralCattedrale Collegiata di S. Bartolomeo (Pennabilli)
Co-cathedralBasilica Concattedrale di S. Marino (San Marino)
Concattedrale di S. Leo (San Leo)
Current leadership
BishopAndrea Turazzi
Co-cathedral Basilica in San Marino (left) Co-cathedral in San Leo (right)

It has its collegiate cathedral episcopal see S. Bartolomeo, dedicated to the Apostle St. Bartholomew, in Pennabilli, Rimini, Emilia Romagna, and two Co-Cathedrals :


The earliest mention of Montefeltro, as Mona Feretri, is in the diplomas by which first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne confirmed the donation of Pepin. In 785 the bishopric was established as Diocese of Montefeltro. The first known bishop of Montefeltro was Agatho (826), whose residence was at San Leo.

Under Bishop Flaminios Dondi (1724) the see was again transferred to San Leo, but later it returned to Pennabilli. The historic diocese was a suffragan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Urbino.[3]

On 22 February 1977, it was renamed as Diocese of San Marino–Montefeltro, having lost territory to the Diocese of Sarsina, and exchanged territory with the Diocese of Rimini.

It enjoyed Papal visits from Pope John Paul II in August 1982 and Pope Benedict XVI in June 2012.

On Tuesday, 18 September 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro, Bishop Luigi Negri, to serve as one of the Synod Fathers for the upcoming October 2012 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.[4]


(incomplete; sometimes sources contradict; all Roman Rite)

Diocese of MontefeltroEdit

Latin Name: Feretrana (seu Montis Feltri)
Erected: 9th Century
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Urbino

Diocese of San Marino-MontefeltroEdit

Name Changed: 22 February 1977
Latin Name: Sammarinensis-Feretrana
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roman Catholic Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2013-02-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Bishop Bernardino Belluzzi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 13, 2016

Sources and external linksEdit

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

Coordinates: 43°49′02″N 12°15′56″E / 43.8172°N 12.2655°E / 43.8172; 12.2655