Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto

Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto
Archidioecesis Theatinus-Vastensis

Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Chieti-Vasto
Area 2,539 km2 (980 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
305,882 (97.7%)
Parishes 157
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Chieti Cathedral (Cattedrale di S. Giustino (Chieti))
Co-cathedral Vasto Cathedral (Concattedrale di S. Giuseppe (Vasto))
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Bruno Forte

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto (Latin: Archidioecesis Theatinus-Vastensis) received that name in 1986. The historic Archdiocese of Chieti was elevated from a diocese in 1526.[1][2]


Chieti is the ancient Teate. In the Gothic War it was captured by Totila; later it fell into the hands of the Lombards, from whom it was captured by Pepin and devastated. The Normans rebuilt the city, which thenceforth belonged to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Saint Justinus is venerated as the first Bishop of Chieti, and the cathedral is dedicated to him. Several of his successors are also venerated as saints, among them Gribaldus (874), whose portrait is on the bronze doors of the monastery of St. Clement in the Island of Pescara.

Giovanni Pietro Caraffa in 1524 resigned the see, and associated himself with Cajetan of Tiene in the foundation of the Theatine Order. Later Caraffa became pope under the name of Paul IV.

Bishops and Archbishops


  1. "Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. "Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. "Archbishop Caesar Busdragus" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  4. "Archbishop Ulpiano (Volpiano) Volpi" David M. Cheney. Retrieved October 3, 2016
  5. "Diocese of Novara" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved October 3, 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. 

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