Roman Catholic Diocese of Caltanissetta

Diocese of Caltanissetta
Dioecesis Calatanisiadensis

Cathedral in Caltanissetta
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Agrigento
Area 1,120 km2 (430 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
164,000 (est.) (98.3%)
Parishes 56
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 25 May 1844 (172 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Maria La Nova
Secular priests 102 (diocesan)
13 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Mario Russotto

The Italian Catholic Diocese of Caltanissetta (Latin: Dioecesis Calatanisiadensis) is in Sicily, It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Agrigento.[1]


Caltanissetta once belonged to the diocese of Girgenti, but was created an episcopal see by Gregory XVI, in 1844. At that time it was a suffragan of the archdiocese of Monreale. The first bishop was Antonio Stromillo.

The immense cavern of Caltabillotta is famous on account of the legend of a great dragon, driven away by the holy hermit Peregrinus when he chose that spot for a life of penance.[2]



  1. Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. Catholic Encyclopedia article

 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: 37°29′00″N 14°04′00″E / 37.4833°N 14.0667°E / 37.4833; 14.0667

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