Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve

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Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve

Archidioecesis Perusina-Civitatis Plebis
Catedral de perugia.jpg
Ecclesiastical provincePerugia-Città della Pieve
Area1,900 km2 (730 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
256,000 (89.3%)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established2nd century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Lorenzo (Perugia)
Co-cathedralConcattedrale di Ss. Gervasio e Protasio (Città della Pieve)
Secular priests119 (diocesan)
76 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
ArchbishopCardinal Gualtiero Bassetti
Auxiliary BishopsPaolo Giulietti
Bishops emeritusGiuseppe Chiaretti

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Latin: Archidioecesis Perusina-Civitatis Plebis) was historically the Diocese of Perugia. It became the Archdiocese of Perugia in 1882, but without suffragans. It acquired suffragan dioceses in 1972. It was united in 1986 with the Diocese of Città della Pieve.[1][2]


In the martyrologies are found the names of the martyrs Constantius (Constantinus, whom some believe to have been a bishop), Florentius, and Felicissimus, who died at Perugia. Under the Emperor Decius one Decentius was bishop, according to the tradition; but the first bishop of whom there is any certain knowledge was St. Herculanus, killed by King Totila in 546; many admit there were two bishops and saints of this name, of whom the first is said to have died either in one of the great persecutions or under Julian the Apostate (Cappelletti).

Notable successors of St. Herculanus:

  • Joannes, who consecrated Pope Pelagius I (566);
  • Aventius (591);
  • Laurentius (649);
  • Benenatus (679);
  • St. Asclepiodorus (about 700), whose relics were later taken to Metz;
  • Conon (998) and Andreas (1033), who had various controversies with the abbots of San Pietro;
  • Joannes (1105), who consecrated the monastery of Monte Corona;
  • Vivianus, who was present at the council of 1179;
  • Giovanni (1206), who gave a convent to St. Francis;
  • Salvio de' Salvi (1231), a learned prelate, who restored Santo Stefano, the ancient cathedral;
  • Francesco Poggi, O. Min. (1312), who built S. Domenico nuovo;
  • Andrea Bontempi (1339), a cardinal, and legate general of Umbria;
  • Andrea Giovanni Baglione (1434), who filled several convents with reformed religious;
  • Dionisio Vannucci (1482), who erected the altar of the chapel del Sacro Anello;
  • Giovanni Lopez (1492), a cardinal who enjoyed influence under Pope Alexander VI;
  • Trilo Baglione (1501), deposed by Alexander VI for having taken up arms against Cesare Borgia and restored to his see by Pope Julius II;
  • Antonio Ferreri (1506), who suspected by Julius II died in the Castle of S. Angelo in 1508;
  • Cardinal Agostino Spinola (1510), under whom the canons of the cathedral, who since the twelfth century had lived according to the Rule of St. Augustine, were relieved of that rule;
  • Giacomo Simoneta (1535), a cardinal;
  • Fulvio Corneo (1550), reformer of the diocese and founder of the seminary;
  • Ippolito Corneo (1553), who established a house of reform, and a monastery for poor young men;
  • Giulio Oradini (1562), who founded a college for clerks;
  • Napoleone Comitoli (1591), the founder of other charitable institutions;
  • M. Ant. Ausidei (1726), who embellished the cathedral;
  • Alessandro M. Odoardi (1776), a zealous prelate, who discovered the body of St. Costanzo;
  • Camillo Campanelli (1804), who took the oath of allegiance to Napoleon;
  • Carlo Filesio Cittadini (1818), against the Provisional Government of 1831, who saved the city from pillage at that time;
  • Gioacchino Pecci (1846), who became Pope Leo XIII, and who made Perugia an archdiocese without suffragans.


Diocese of Perugia[edit]

Erected: 2nd Century
Latin Name: Dioecesis Perusina


Archdiocese of Perugia[edit]

Elevated: 27 March 1882
Latin Name: Archidioecesis Perusina
Immediately Subject to the Holy See

  • Dario Mattei-Gentili (29 Nov 1895 – 30 Sep 1910 Resigned)
  • Beda Giovanni Cardinale, O.S.B. (8 Nov 1910 – 9 Oct 1922 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina)
  • Giovanni Battista Rosa (11 Dec 1922 – 29 Oct 1942 Died)
  • Mario Vianello (11 Mar 1943 – 13 Aug 1955 Died)
  • Pietro Parente (15 Sep 1955 – 23 Oct 1959 Appointed, Titular Archbishop of Ptolemais in Thebaide)
  • Raffaele Baratta (17 Dec 1959 – 15 Oct 1968 Retired)
  • Ferdinando Lambruschini (15 Oct 1968 – 25 Jul 1981 Died)
  • Cesare Pagani (21 Nov 1981 – 12 Mar 1988 Died)

Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve[edit]

United: 30 September 1986 with the Diocese of Città della Pieve
Latin Name: Archidioecesis Perusina-Civitatis Plebis

  • Ennio Antonelli (6 Oct 1988 – 26 May 1995 Resigned)
  • Giuseppe Chiaretti (9 Dec 1995 – 16 Jul 2009 Retired)
  • Gualtiero Bassetti (16 Jul 2009 – )[7]


  1. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Perugia-Città della Pieve" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Agostino da Lanzano" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Francesco Bossi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. ^ "Archbishop Vincenzo Ercolano (Herculani), O.P." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Napoleone Comitoli" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^


  • Ughelli, Ferdinando; Coleti, Niccolò (1717). Italia sacra sive De Episcopis Italiae (in Latin) (editio secunda ed.). Venice: apud Sebastianum Coleti. pp. 1153–1174.

External links[edit]

  • Benigni, Umberto. "Archdiocese of Perugia." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. Retrieved: 2016-10-02.

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

Coordinates: 43°06′45″N 12°23′21″E / 43.1125°N 12.3891°E / 43.1125; 12.3891