Roman Catholic Diocese of Mantua

Diocese of Mantua
Dioecesis Mantuana

Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Milan
Area 2,080 km2 (800 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
328,876 (86.1%)
Rite Roman
Established 804 (1212 years ago)
Cathedral Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo
Co-cathedral Basilica di Sant'Andrea Apostolo
Secular priests 175 (diocesan)
23 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Gianmarco Buca
Emeritus Bishops Egidio Caporello
Roberto Busti
Basilica di S. Andrea Apostolo (Co-cathedral)

The Diocese of Mantua (Latin: Dioecesis Mantuana) is a see of the Catholic Church in Italy. It was erected in 804, and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Milan.[1][2] The diocese has produced one Pope and (Latin) Patriarch of Constantinople, and two cardinals.

The diocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its bishop is the Cathedral of S. Pietro Apostolo; Mantua also contains the Basilica of Sant'Andrea. The last Bishop of Mantua iss Gianmarco Busca, appointed by Pope Francis on June 3, 2016. The bishops emeriti are Egidio Caporello and Roberto Busti. In 2013 there is one priest in the diocese for every 1,660 Catholics.

List of bishops of Mantova since 1238

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Bishop Start date End date
Giacomo da Castell'Arquato[3] 1238 Appointed December 1251 Appointed Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina
Martin de Puzalerio[4] 1252 Appointed 24 July 1268 Died
Antonio Uberti[5] 14 November 1390 Appointed 1417Died
Giovanni degli Uberti 16 February 1418 Appointed 1428 Died
Matteo Boniperti, O.P. 21 May 1428Appointed 24 August 1444 Died
Galeazzo Cavriani 11 September 1444 Appointed 16 July 1466 Died
Francesco Gonzaga 20 August 1466 Appointed 21 October 1483 Died
Sigismondo Gonzaga 10 February 1511 Appointed 10 May 1521 Resigned
Ercole Gonzaga 10 May 1521Appointed 2 March 1563 Died
Federico Gonzaga 4 June 1563 Appointed 21 February 1565 Died
Francesco Gonzaga 15 May 1565 Appointed 6 January 1566 Died
Gregorio Boldrini, O.P. 7 February 1567 Appointed 2 November 1574 Died
Marco Fedele Gonzaga 28 November 1574 Appointed 8 September 1583 Died
Alessandro Andreasi 14 November 1583 Appointed 23 March 1593 Died
Francesco Gonzaga, O.F.M.[6] 30 April 1593 Appointed 2 March 1620 Died
Vincenzo Agnello Suardi[7] 2 March 1620 Succeeded September 1644 Died
Maffeo Vitale, O.F.M.[8] 5 February 1646 Appointed 23 June 1669 Died
Ferdinando Tiberius Gonzaga[9] 23 February 1671 Appointed 1673 Died
Joannes Lucidus Cataneo[10] 12 March 1674 Appointed February 1685 Died
Enrico Vialardi, B.[11] 3 March 1687 Appointed 6 December 1711 Died
Alessandro Arrigoni[12] 30 January 1713 Appointed 13 August 1718 Died
Antonio Guidi di Bagno[13] (it) 26 April 1719 Appointed 21 December 1761 Died
Juan Portugal de la Puebla[14] 29 March 1762 Appointed 17 January 1770 Resigned
Giovanni Battista de Pergen[15] 29 January 1770 Appointed 12 November 1807 Died
Giuseppe Maria Bozzi 16 May 1823 Appointed 14 December 1833 Died
Giovanni Battista Bellé 24 July 1835 Confirmed 30 June 1844 Died
Giovanni Corti 12 April 1847 Confirmed 12 December 1868 Died
Pietro Rota 27 October 1871 Appointed 3 May 1879 Retired
Giovanni Maria Berengo 12 May 1879Appointed 10 November 1884 Appointed Archbishop of Udine
Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto[16] 10 November 1884 Appointed 15 June 1893 Appointed Patriarch of Venezia, later Pope Pius X
Paolo Carlo Francesco Origo 18 March 1895 Appointed13 November 1928 Died
Domenico Menna 16 November 1928 Appointed 8 September 1954 Retired
Antonio Poma 8 September 1954 Appointed 16 July 1967 Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Bologna
Carlo Ferrari19 October 1967 Appointed 28 June 1986 Retired
Egidio Caporello 28 June 1986 Appointed 13 July 2007 Retired
Roberto Busti 13 July 2007 Appointed


There are 168 parishes, all in the Lombardy region; 166 are in the Province of Mantua and 2 in the Province of Cremona.[17]


  1. "Diocese of Mantova" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. "Diocese of Mantova" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. Eubel, I, p. 325.
  4. Martin had been Provost of Parma, and then Auditor General of the Roman Curia. On 4 October 1263 he was appointed to preach the Crusade in Lombardy. Ireneo AFFÒ (1787). Memorie istorico-critiche del beato Martino da Parma, vescovo di Mantova (in Italian). Parma: Carmignani. Eubel, I, p. 325 with note 3.
  5. Eubel, I, p. 325.
  6. Gonzaga had been Minister General of his Order. He was nominated Bishop Cefalù in Sicily (1587-1593) by King Philip II of Spain; he was then Bishop of Pavia from January to April, 1593. Eubel, III, p. 163 with note 13. Gauchat, IV, p. 146; p. 230 with note 2; p. 273.
  7. A native of Mantua, Suardi was a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law), and was appointed a Referendary of the Two Signatures (justice and mercy). Suardi had been Bishop of Alba (1516-1519), and was made Coadjutor of Bishop Gonzaga in his senility on 13 May 1619. Gauchat, IV, p. 75 with note 4; p. 230 with note 3.
  8. Vitale was born in the diocese of Bergamo. He was consecrated in Rome on 11 February 1646 by Cardinal Giovanni Panciroli. Gauchat, IV, p. 230 with note 4.
  9. Gonzaga was born in Cremona. He was Doctor in utroque iure from Bologna. He was consecrated in Rome on 1 March 1671 by Cardinal Benedetto Odescalchi. Ritzler, V, p. 254 with note 2.
  10. Cataneo was a native of Mantua. He was Doctor in utroque iure from Bologna (1673). He was consecrated in Rome on 8 April 1674 by Cardinal Pietro Vidoni. Ritzler, V, p. 254 with note 3.
  11. A native of Casale, Vialardi was a lecturer in theology in his Order's houses, and then Visitor General of the Order. Ritzler, V, p. 254 with note 4.
  12. Arrigoni was a native Mantuan. He was Doctor in utroque iure from Parma (1695). He was appointed Governor of Reate, San Severino, Fano and Montalto successively. He was then named a Referendary of the Two Signatures (justice and mercy) on 1 April 1699. He was consecrated in Rome by Cardinal Ferdinando d'Adda on 5 February 1713. Ritzler, V, p. 254 with note 5.
  13. Ritzler, V, p. 254 with note 6.
  14. Juan was born in Antiquera in the diocese of Malaga, Spain. He was Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) from Pavia (1724). He was Canon of the Imperial Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de Scala (Milan). He had been titular Archbishop of Perge in Pamphylia (1760-1762). He was consecrated in Rome on 3 August 1760 by Cardinal Antonio Erba-Odescalchi. He was transferred to Mantua on on 29 March 1762; he resigned the diocese of Mantua on 17 January 1770, and resumed the Archbishopric of Perge. He was transferred to the titular see of Constantinople on 4 March 1771. Ritzler, VI, p. 274 with note 2; p. 333 with note 3.
  15. Von Pergen was born in Vienna (Austria). He had been a Canon and Prebendary of the Cathedral of Olmouc. He attended the German College in Rome, and received a doctorate in theology from the University of Rome, La Sapienza (1740). He was appointed an Auditor causarum Apostolic Palatii, and then he became an Auditor of the Rota. He was consecrated in Rome on 4 March 1770 by Cardinal Henry Stuart. Ritzler, VI, p. 275 with note 3.
  16. Cipolla, Constantino, ed. (2014). Giuseppe Sarto, Vescovo di Mantova. Laboratorio sociologico, 18 papers (in Italian). Milano: FrancoAngeli. ISBN 978-88-917-1886-0.
  17. Source for parishes: CCI (2008), Parrocchie, Chiesa Cattolica Italiana, retrieved 2008-03-14.


Coordinates: 45°10′00″N 10°48′00″E / 45.1667°N 10.8000°E / 45.1667; 10.8000

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