Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni

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The Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni (Latin: Archidioecesis Amalphitana-Cavensis) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, with its episcopal see at Amalfi, not far from Naples. It was named Archdiocese of Amalfi until parts of the Diocese of Cava e Sarno were merged with it on September 30, 1986.It was exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See, but is now a suffragan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Salerno-Campagna-Acerno. The current bishop is Orazio Soricelli. In 2015, in the diocese of Amalfi there was one priest for every 1,199 Catholics.

Special churches

Amalfi Cathedral, the cathedral archiepiscopal see, is in Amalfi, devoted to Andrew the Apostle. It also has Marian Co-Cathedral dedicated to the Visitation, in Cava de’ Tirreni Former Cathedral, a marian Minor Basilica, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to St. Pantaleone, in Ravello Former Cathedral, also Minor Basilica, dedicated to St. Trofimena, in Minori Former Cathedral of St. Lawrence 'Duomo di S. Lorenzo', in Scala, Campania Minor Basilica of Santa Maria dell’Olmo, in Cava de’ Tirreni


The early beginnings of the Diocese of Amalfi are obscure; it is not known when it was founded, or when Christianity reached it. That it was early is a reasonable conjecture, considering the facilities for communication with the East which the South of Italy possessed. The first indication that Amalfi was a Christian community is supplied by Pope Gregory the Great, who wrote in January 596 to the Subdeacon Antemius, his legate and administrator in Campania, ordering him to constrain within a monastery Primenus, Bishop of Amalfi, because he did not remain in his diocese, but roamed about. The regular list of bishops began in 829. It was raised to Metropolitan Archbishopric of Amalfi by Pope John XV in 987, having lost territory to establish the dioceses of Capri, of Lettere, of Minori and of Scala. In 1206, it gained territory from the suppressed Roman Catholic Diocese of Nuceria. And after the completion, also in 1206, of the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Duomo), the relics of the Apostle of that name, who was the patron saint of Amalfi, were taken from Constantinople and brought there by Cardinal Pietro of Capua, an Amalfitan who took part in the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. On 10 October 1384 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Nuceria On 27 June 1818 it lost its status as a metropolitan archdiocese and became the Archdiocese of Amalfi, despite having gained territories from the suppressed dioceses of Minori and of Ravello and Scala. In the early 20th century, archdiocese had about 36,000 inhabitants, 54 parishes and 279 diocesan priests. On 30 September 1986 the diocese was renamed the "Archdiocese of Amalfi–Cava de’ Tirreni", having gained territory from and absorbing the title of the suppressed Roman Catholic Diocese of Cava de’ Tirreni. On 20 August 2012 it gained territory from the Territorial Abbey of Santissima Trinità di Cava de Tirreni.

Bishops and archbishops

Diocese of Amalfi

Erected: 6th CenturyLatin Name: Amalphitana ...Pimenius (596)...Petrus (879) Orso (897–920) Giacinto (925 – 936?) Costantino (947–960) Mastalo (960 – 987?)

Archdiocese of Amalfi

Elevated: 987Latin Name: Amalphitana
to 1200
1200 to 1400
1400 to 1600
1600 to 1818
Since 1818
Territory Added: 1818 from the suppressed Diocese of MinoriTerritory Added: 1818 from the suppressed Diocese of Scala Mariano Bianco (1831–1848 Retired) Domenico Ventura (1849–1862 Died) Francesco Antonio Maiorsini (1871–1893 Died) Enrico de Dominis (Dominicis) (1894–1908 Died) Antonio Maria Bonito (1908–1910 Resigned) Angelo Maria Dolci (1911–1914 Appointed, Titular Archbishop of Hierapolis in Syria) Ercolano Marini (1915–1945 Retired) Luigi Martinelli (1946–1946 Died) Angelo Rossini (1947–1965 Died) Alfredo Vozzi (1972–1982 Retired) Ferdinando Palatucci (1982–1990 Retired)

Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni

United on 30 September 1986 with the Diocese of Cava e Sarno Beniamino Depalma, C.M. (1990–1999 Appointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Nola) Orazio Soricelli (2000–)
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