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Diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli

Dioecesis Massensis-Apuana

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  • Mario Vaccari, O.F.M., Bishop
  • Eugenio Binini, Bishop Emeritus
  • Giovanni Santucci, Bishop Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese
  • United: 23 February 1988
  • Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Pisa
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Italy
  • Square Kilometers: 1,174 (453 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: Toscana
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Vescovado, Via Francesco M. Zoppi 14, 54100 Massa, Italia
  • Telephone: 0585.89.90.210
  • Fax: 0585.81.02.87

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Massa Carrara
18 February 1822ErectedDiocese of Massa Carrara (erected)
23 April 1926Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Massa Carrara (from Modena)
Diocese of Apuania
20 July 1939Name ChangedDiocese of Massa Carrara Diocese of Apuania
5 February 1955Territory LostDiocese of Apuania (S. Nicolai in Caprigliola and of S. Martini in Albiano) Diocese of Luni o La Spezia, Sarzana e Brugnato
26 July 1959Territory LostDiocese of Apuania (S. Justin in Rocchetta Vara, S. John the Baptist in Beverone, S. Anna in Carbugliaga, S. Martin in Cavanella Vara, S. John the Baptist in Stadomelli, S. John the Baptist in S uvero, St. Mary Assumption in the Chalice al Cornoviglio, St. Mary in the ...) Diocese of Luni o La Spezia, Sarzana e Brugnato
26 July 1959Territory AddedDiocese of Luni o La Spezia, Sarzana e Brugnato (S. Nicolai in the village of Oaprigliola and S. Martini in the village of Albiano Magra) Diocese of Apuania
Diocese of Massa
30 September 1986Name ChangedDiocese of Apuania Diocese of Massa
Diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli
23 February 1988UnitedDiocese of Massa
Diocese of Pontremoli
Diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli
5 September 1992Territory LostDiocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli (Camporgiano, Careggine, Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Fabbriche di Vallico, Fosciandora, Gallicano, Giuncugnano, Minucciano, Molazzana, Piazza al Serchio, Pieve Fosciana, S. Romano Garfagnana, Sillano, Stazzema, Vagli Sotto, Vergemoli, and Villa Collemandina) Archdiocese of Lucca


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Massa Carrara
Diocese of Apuania
Diocese of Massa
Diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Massa Carrara
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 759
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 18, Page 207, and Page 208
  • Diocese of Apuania
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 51, Page 827, to Page 829
  • Diocese of Massa
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 79, Page 443, and Page 444


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