Roman Catholic Suburbicarian Diocese of Palestrina

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Suburbicarian Diocese of Palestrina
Palestrina Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Rome
Area 380 km2 (150 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
87,600 (99.5%)
Parishes 49
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Agapito Martire
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Domenico Sigalini

The Roman Catholic Suburbicarian Diocese of Palestrina, (Lat:Praenestinus), is a Roman Catholic suburbicarian diocese centered on the comune of Palestrina in Italy.

The current Bishop of Palestrina is Domenico Sigalini, who on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, was also appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the general ecclesiastical assistant of Italian Catholic Action.


During the 17th century, the comune of Palestrina was the family territory of a number of Italian noble families including the Barberini, Colonna and d'Este families (which regularly intermarried). Members of these families are represented throughout the list of diocese Bishops, especially between 1600 and 1800. Barberini Pope Urban VIII appointed a number of relatives and close supporters to the Palestrina diocese and governmental positions.


To 1000

  • Andreas 771-778
  • Contantinus 826
  • Leone 925-933
  • Teophylactus 963
  • Stefan 988
  • Peter 996-1027


  • Johannes I 1036-1039
  • Johannes II 1044
    • Raniero 1058 (pseudocardinal)
  • Bruno 1059-1060
  • Bernhard 1061-1065
  • Loperto 1066-1069
  • vacant 1069-1073
  • Uberto Belmonte 1073-1082
  • Berardo (?) ca.1092 (?)
  • Milone 1095/98-1104
  • vacant 1104-1107
  • Cuno of Praeneste 1107-1122
  • Guillaume Praenestinus 1123-1137
    • Johannes 1130-1134 (pseudocardinal)
  • Étienne de Châlons 1139-1144
  • Guarino Foscari 1144-1158
  • Giulio I 1158-1164
  • vacant 1164-1176
    • Vibiano 1168-1173 (pseudocardinal)
  • Manfredo de Lavagna 1176-1178
  • vacant 1178-1179
  • Benerede 1179-1180
  • Paolo Scolari 1180-1187
  • vacant 1188-1191
  • Giovanni III da Anagni 1190-1196
  • vacant 1196-1200




Palestrina as it appeared in 1671

From 1800

Post 1960

Like all dioceses in this category, for historical reasons it has had, since 1960, an incumbent residential bishop with ordinary powers but also has assigned to it as an honorary high ranking dignity one of the six cardinals in the Order of Cardinal Bishops. The Cardinal Bishop has no powers with regard to the government of the diocese.

The residential bishops have been:


  1. cfr. Ivan Kuklujević Sakcinski: Codex diplomaticus regni Croatiae, Dalmatiae et Slavoniae, Vol. 1, Zagreb 1874, pp. 76-82; Regesta Imperii Online. Papstregesten 911-1024 Nr 70-73 and 111
  2. Liudprandi historia Ottonis, MGH SS rer. Germ. 41, p. 165
  3. cf. G. Cappelletti: Le chiese d'Italia della loro origine sino ai nostri giorni. Vol. 1, Venic 1844, pp. 599-601
  4. Regesta Imperii Online. Papstregesten 911-1024 no. 758; and Papstregesten 1024-1046 no. 95
  5. Sources for the period 1036-1130: Hüls, p. 108-117; Klewitz, p. 33-35, 117 and 120
  6. Hüls, p. 111 no. 8 says that his existence is dubious because he appears only in one bull dated September 1092 which has been recognized as falsehood, though possibly based on original documents. Klewitz, p. 117 does not mention him among the occupants of this suburbicarian see.
  7. Some sources mention cardinal Corrado 1105-1106 but the only document attesting his existence (bull of Paschalis II in favour of the church of S. Salvatore dated 27 December 1105) has been recognized as falsehood and both Klewitz, p. 120 and Hüls, p. 112-113, eliminated him from the list of the bishops of Palestrina
  8. Source for the period 1130-1187: Brixius p. 135
  9. Some sources mention cardinal Ugo or Ottone occupying that see ca. 1164 but Brixius, p. 60-68 excludes him from the list of cardinals created by Alexander III because no papal bulls signed by him has been found. Probably he is confused with cardinal-bishop Odo of Tusculum 1170-1171 (cf. Brixius, p. 65 no. 21)
  10. Source for the period 1188-1228: Maleczek, p. 63
  11. Some sources indicate that abbot Mainard of Pontigny became bishop of Palestrina in 1188 and died few weeks after his promotion but Maleczek, p. 125 says that Mainard is attested as abbot of Pontigny until 1192. Therefore, he should be excluded from the list of the bishops of Palestrina
  12. Source for the list from 1231: The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church
  13. Some names in this list are from "Palestrina (Cardinal Titular Church)". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  14. Wikisource-logo.svg "Diocese of Palestrina". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 


Pius B. Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae, Leipzig 1931

Hans-Walter Klewitz, Reformpapsttum und Kardinalkolleg, Darmstadt 1957

Rudolf Hüls, Kardinäle, Klerus und Kirchen Roms: 1049–1130, Bibliothek des Deutschen Historischen Instituts in Rom 1977

Johannes M. Brixius, Die Mitglieder des Kardinalskollegiums von 1130-1181, Berlin 1912

Werner Maleczek, Papst und Kardinalskolleg von 1191 bis 1216, Vienna 1984

External links

  • Suburbicarian Diocese of Palestrina Official Website

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