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Roman Catholic Diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa

The Italian Catholic diocese of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa is in Basilicata, southern Italy. In 1986 the historic diocese of Melfi-Rapolla was united with the diocese of Venosa. The diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo.


Pope Nicholas II made the diocese of Melfi immediately dependent on the Holy See; its first bishop was Baldwin. Its beautiful cathedral, a work of Roger Borsa, son of Robert Guiscard (1155), was destroyed by the earthquake of 1851.
Among its bishops was the theologian Alessandro de San Elpidio, a former general of the Augustinians (1328). In 1528, Clement VII, in view of the scarcity of its revenues, united the Diocese of Rapolla to that of Melfi, "aeque principaliter".
Monte Vulture, Italy earthquake, Aug. 14, 1851 Magnitude: 6.1

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