Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucera–Troia

The Diocese of Lucera-Troia (Latin: Dioecesis Lucerina-Troiana) is a Roman Catholic bishopric in Apulia, in southern Italy, with its episcopal seat at Lucera Cathedral. The present diocese was formed in 1986 by combining the older diocese of Lucera with the diocese of Troia,[1][2] the seat of which was Troia Cathedral, now a co-cathedral of the united diocese.

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Diocese of Lucera–Troia

Dioecesis Lucerina-Troiana

Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Foggia-Bovino
Area 1,337 km2 (516 sq mi)
 Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
67,600 (est.)
66,300 (est.) (98.1%)
Parishes 33
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th century
1986 (merger)
Cathedral Lucera Cathedral
Co-cathedral Troia Cathedral
Secular priests 55 (diocesan)
20 (Religious Orders)
6 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Giuseppe Giuliano
Bishops emeritus Francesco Zerrillo
Co-cathedral in Troia

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Local tradition traces the origin of the bishopric of Lucera to the third century and Saint Bassus. The first historically certain bishop is Marcus (c. 743).

In 1391, the diocese of Lucera was increased by the addition of the bishopric of Castel Fiorentino (Farentino), a city founded in 1015 by the Byzantine catapanBasil Mesardonites, and the place of Emperor Frederick II‘s death.

After 1409, the diocese of Tortiboli – created before 1236 – was united to Lucera, although under its Latin name Tortibulum it remains a titular diocese.[3]

In 1818, the united dioceses of Montecorvino and Vulturaria were added to Lucera. Motta Montecorvino had gained a bishopric in the tenth century, counting among its bishops Saint Albert of Montecorvino. It was joined to that of Vulturaria[4] in 1433, although it too continues to give its name to a titular diocese.

On September 30, 1986, the diocese of Troia was united with Lucera to form the diocese of Lucera–Troia as a suffragan of the also renamed Metropolitan Archdiocese of Foggia-Bovino.[5] Both its cathedral in Lucera and its co-cathedral in Troia have the rank of minor basilica.

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