Roman Catholic Diocese of Isernia-Venafro

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41°36'00"N
014°13'59"E
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 Italy
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The Italian Catholic diocese of Isernia-Venafro (Latin: Dioecesis Aeserniensis-Venafrensis) in Molise, is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Campobasso-Boiano. In 1852 the historic diocese of Isernia was combined with the diocese of Venafro, to form the diocese of Isernia e Venafro. The seat of the present bishop is Isernia Cathedral, while Venafro Cathedral has become a co-cathedral in the new diocese.

History

After the Lombard invasions Isernia was the seat of a countship, founded by the Duke of Benevento. It was destroyed by the Saracens in the ninth century, and in 1199 was sacked by Marcolvaldo, the vicar of the deceased Emperor Henry VI. In 1805 it was visited by a severe earthquake, which ruined the ancient cathedral. The epoch of the saintly Bishop Benedict is doubtful, though the existence of the episcopal see in the fifth century is certain. In 1032 the Diocese of Venafro (formerly the seat of Roman country residences), which had its own bishops from the fifth century, was united to Isernia, and in 1230 it was again separated.

Bishops

Diocese of Isernia

Erected: 5th Century Cristoforo Maroni (1387 – 18 Dec 1389 Appointed, Cardinal-Priest of San Ciriaco alle Terme Diocleziane)...Carlo Setari (12 Jan 1470 – 1486 Died) Francesco Adami (10 Apr 1486 – 1497 Died) Costantino Castriota detto Scanderbeg (2 Oct 1497 – 1500 Died) Giovanni Olivieri (8 Apr 1500 – 1510 Died) Massimo Bruni Corvino (30 Sep 1510 – 1522 Died) Christopher Numar of Forli, O.F.M. Obs. (17 Apr 1523 – 19 Dec 1524 Resigned) Antonio Numai (19 Dec 1524 – 1567 Resigned) Giovanni Battista Lomellino (17 Mar 1567 – 22 Nov 1599 Died) Paolo De Curtis, C.R. (15 Mar 1600 – 1606 Resigned) Alessio Geromoaddi (24 Apr 1606 – 6 Apr 1611 Died) Marcantonio Genovesi (26 Sep 1611 – 7 Nov 1624 Died) Gian Gerolamo Campanili (27 Jan 1625 – 22 Jun 1626 Died) Diego Merino, O. Carm. (24 Aug 1626 – 1 Jan 1637 Died) Domenico Giordani, O.F.M. (17 Aug 1637 – 11 Feb 1640 Died) Marcello Stella (26 Mar 1640 – 1642 Died) Gerolamo Mascambruno (11 Aug 1642 – May 1643 Died) Pietro Paolo de' Rustici, O.S.B. (14 Dec 1643 – 28 Oct 1652 Died) Gerolamo Bollini, O.S.B. (9 Jun 1653 – 1660 Died) Tiburzio Bollini, O.S.B. (28 May 1657 – 1662 Died) Michelangelo Catalani, O.F.M. Conv. (20 Sep 1660 – 1672 Died) Gerolamo Passarelli (30 Jan 1673 – 14 Nov 1689 Appointed, Archbishop of Salerno) Michele de Bologna, C.R. (6 Mar 1690 – 11 Dec 1698 Resigned) Biagio Terzi (22 Dec 1698 – May 1717 Died) Giovanni Saverio Lioni (20 Dec 1717 – 22 Nov 1730 Appointed, Bishop of Melfi e Rapolla) Giuseppe Isidoro Persico (18 Jun 1731 – May 1739 Died) Giacinto Maria Jannucci (14 Dec 1739 – 26 Mar 1757 Died) Erasmo Mastrilli, O.S.B. (26 Sep 1757 – Jan 1769 Died) Michelangelo della Peruta (21 Aug 1769 – 30 Oct 1806 Died) Michele Ruopoli (25 May 1818 – 24 Dec 1821 Died) Salvatore Maria Pignattaro, O.P. (24 Nov 1823 – 24 Jan 1825 Resigned) Adeodato Gomez Cardosa (19 Dec 1825 – 4 Jul 1834 Died) Gennaro Saladino (19 May 1837 – 27 Apr 1861 Died)

Diocese of Isernia e Venafro

United: 19 June 1852 with Diocese of Venafro Antonio Izzo (23 Feb 1872 – 24 Oct 1879 Died) Agnello Renzullo (27 Feb 1880 – 23 Jun 1890 Appointed, Bishop of Nola) Francesco Paolo Carrano (4 Jun 1891 – 16 Jan 1893 Appointed, Archbishop of L'Aquila) Nicola Maria Merola (12 Jun 1893 – 24 Sep 1915 Died) Nicola Rotoli, O.F.M. (28 Mar 1916 – 27 Apr 1932 Died) Francesco Pietro Tesauri (13 Mar 1933 – 25 May 1939 Appointed, Archbishop of Lanciano e Ortona) Alberto Carinci (25 Mar 1940 – 28 Apr 1948 Appointed, Bishop of Boiano-Campobasso) Giovanni Lucato, S.D.B. (21 Jun 1948 – 1 May 1962 Died) Achille Palmerini (11 Jul 1962 – 7 Apr 1983 Retired) Ettore Di Filippo (7 Apr 1983 – 28 Oct 1989 Appointed, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano) Andrea Gemma, F.D.P. (7 Dec 1990 – 5 Aug 2006 Retired) Salvatore Visco (5 Apr 2007 – 30 Apr 2013 Appointed, Archbishop of Capua) Camillo Cibotti (8 May 2014 – )
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