Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Monreale

Archdiocese of Monreale
Archidioecesis Montis Regalis

Monreale Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Palermo
Area 1,509 km2 (583 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
185,000 (95.7%)
Parishes 113
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1176 (840 years ago)
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria La Nuova
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Michele Pennisi
Emeritus Bishops Salvatore Di Cristina

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Monreale (Latin: Archidioecesis Montis Regalis) is in Sicily. As of 2000 it is no longer a metropolitan see, and is now a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Palermo.[1][2]


In 1174 the abbey of Monreale was declared a prælatura nullius; two years later its abbot was vested with the title and jurisdiction of a bishop. In 1182 Monreale became the metropolitan see for the diocese of Catania and diocese of Siracusa. At first the archbishops were elected by the monks, but were not always Benedictines; since 1275 the election has been reserved to itself by the Holy See.

In time the diocese of Girgenti and diocese of Caltagirone also became suffragan to Monreale; but Siracusa, in 1844, and Catania, in 1860, became archiepiscopal sees. The former having become the Metropolitan of Caltagirone, Monreale received the new diocese of Caltanisetta (1860), which see and Girgenti became its only suffragans.

From 1775 to 1802 Monreale and Palermo were united.[3]

Monreale Cathederal


Diocese of Monreale

Erected: 1176
Latin Name: Montis Regalis

Archdiocese of Monreale

Elevated: 5 February 1183
Latin Name: Montis Regalis

to 1700

since 1700

Auxiliary bishops


  1. "Archdiocese of Monreale" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. "Archdiocese of Monreale" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. "Archbishop Ludovico de Torres (I)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. "Ludovico Cardinal de Torres (II)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. "Archbishop Jerónimo Venero Leyva" David M. Cheney. Retrieved November 24, 2016
  7. "Bishop Gian Antonio Fassano (Phassarus, Fasside)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

Coordinates: 38°05′00″N 13°17′00″E / 38.0833°N 13.2833°E / 38.0833; 13.2833

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