The ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF AJACCIO (
Latin : Dioecesis Adiacensis;
French : Diocèse d'Ajaccio) is a diocese of the
Latin Rite of the
Roman Catholic Church in
France . The diocese comprises the whole of
the island of
Erected in the 3rd century, the diocese was formerly a suffragan of
Archdiocese of Pisa . After the French Concordat of 1801, the
diocese became a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Aix-en-Provence and
Arles , until 2002 when it was attached to the archidiocesan province
of Marseille . In 2012, in the diocese of Ajaccio, there was one
priest for every 3,636 Catholics.
* 1 History
* 1.1 The Cathedral
* 2 Bishops
* 2.1 Before 1200
* 2.2 1200 to 1400
* 2.3 1400 to 1600
* 2.4 1600 to 1800
* 2.5 1800 to 2000
* 2.6 Since 2000
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 Books
* 5.1 Acknowledgment
* 6 External links
Its first bishop known to history was Evandrus, who assisted at the
Council of Rome in 313.
Pope Gregory VII
Pope Gregory VII granted the sovereignty of the island of
Corsica to Pisa. In 1347,
Pisa was forced to cede its control over the
Corsica to Genoa. Pope Eugene IV tried to reestablish papal
sovereignty, but he failed.
At the end of the sixteenth century, the Cathedral of Ajaccio had
only two dignities, the Archpriest and the Archdeacon, and three
Canons with three prebends.
Pope Sixtus V
Pope Sixtus V added five Canons, making a
total of ten members of the body. In 1695, there were two dignities
and twelve Canons.
In 1759, Ajaccio had a population of around 5,000, under the
political control of the Republic of Genoa, though the diocese was
suffragan to the Metropolitan of Pisa. The Cathedral had one dignity
and thirteen canons, there was one monastery of monks.
French Revolution ,
Corsica contained five other dioceses:
Diocese of Accia (vacant since 1563, and merged with the diocese
of Mariana; both suppressed in 1790);
Diocese of Aléria , an ancient city of the
Phocians , whose
bishop resided at Corte ;
Diocese of Sagone , a vanished city whose bishop resided at Calvi
, while the Chapter was at Vico ;
Diocese of Mariana , also a vanished city, whose bishop resided at
Diocese of Nebbio (whose bishop resided in the port of
The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) suppressed all these
bishoprics in favor of one diocese for the entire island, called the
Diocese de Corse, inside the province of the Côtes de la
The Byzantine ruins at Mariana perpetuate the memory of the church
built by the Pisans in the 12th century.
There is a legend that the bishops banished from Africa to
Hunneric , Arian
King of the Vandals , built with their own
hands the primitive cathedral of Ajaccio. The present cathedral,
dating from 1554 to 1593, owes its construction to the initiative of
Gregory XIII, who while still Ugo Buoncompagni , spent some time at
Ajaccio as papal legate . The see was left vacant for five years,
during which time the diocesan revenues were applied to the building
of the cathedral. It was finished by Bishop Giustiniani after his
nomination. It is said that the cathedral was designed by Giacomo
della Porta, but a guidebook remarks, "Se è vero, non era molto in
forma." Napoleon Bonaparte's uncle Lucien (Luciano) was Archdeacon of
the Church of Ajaccio. Napoleon was baptized in the Cathedral on 21
Liturgical services are held according to the Greek Byzantine rite in
the village of
Cargèse , founded in 1676 by the descendants of the
Greek aristocrat Stephen Comnenus (Stephanos Comnenos), whom the
Ottoman Turks had expelled from the
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* Evandrus : (313)
* Benedictus : (649)
1200 TO 1400
* Aimericus : (1309–1322)
* Vitalis Gracchi, O.E.S.A. : (1322–1342)
* Manfred de Calcinara, O.Min. : (1342–1345)
* Bertrand (Bernardo) Escharpiti, O.Min. : (1345–1348)
* Filippo de Ursone, O.Min. : (1348–1351)
* Vincenzo de Sassaro, O.Min. : (1351–1369)
* Simon : (1369–1401)
1400 TO 1600
* Petrus Corsus : (1401–1411)
* Marco : (1411–1420)
* Paolo de Albertis, O.Min. : (1420–1422)
* Andreas Didaci de Escobar : (1422–1428)
* Lucas de Offida, O.E.S.A. : (1429–1438)
* Valeriano Calderini : (1438)
* Rafael Spinola, O.Min. : (1438–1457)
* Deodato Boctoni : (1457–1476)
* Paolo di Bonifazio : (1477–1482)
* Gabriel de Franchi, O.P. : (1482– )
* Cardinal Paolo Fregoso : (1482 – 1498?) Administrator.
* Filippo Pallavicini : (1498–1518)
* Giacomo Pallavicini : (1518–1539)
* Leonardo Tornabuoni : (1539–1540)
* Alessandro Guidiccioni : (1541–1548)
* Giovanni Battista Bernardi : (1548–1578)
* Cristoforo Guidiccioni : (1578–1582)
* Giulio Giustiniani : (1587–1616)
1600 TO 1800
* Fabiano Giustiniani, Orat. : (1616–1627)
* Ottaviano Rivarola : (1627–1651)
Giovanni Stefano Donghi : (1651–1655)
* Syrus Strassera, O.Theat. : (1655–1656)
* Giovanni Gregorio Ardizzoni : (1656–1685)
* Giovanni Paolo Inurea, O.Camald. (1686–1694)
Giovanni Battista Gentile , O.S.B. : (1694–1695)
* Francesco Maria Sacco, O.Theat. : (1695–1697)
* Pietro Spinola, O.F.M.Ref. : (1698–1715)
* Agostino Spinola, C.R.Som. : (1716–1722)
* Carlo Lomellino : (1723–1741)
* Bernardino Centurione : (1741–1759)
* Benedetto Andrea Doria : (1759–1794)
* Ignace-François Guasco (1791–1793) (Constitutional Bishop of
1800 TO 2000
* Louis Sébastiani (de La Porta) : (13 Apr 1802 – 9 Dec 1831
* Toussaint (Raffaele Sante) Casanelli d'Istria : (28 Jun 1833 –
12 Oct 1869 Died).
* Pierre-Paul de Cuttoli : (21 Dec 1869 – 18 Dec 1870 Died).
* François-André-Xavier de Gaffory : (27 Feb 1872 – 14 Jul 1877
* Paul-Matthieu de La Foata : (21 Aug 1877 – 3 Jan 1899 Died)
* Louis Olivieri : (7 Dec 1899 – 17 May 1903 Died)
* Marie-Joseph Ollivier : (21 Feb 1906 – 21 Mar 1906 Died)
* Jean-Baptiste Desanti : (1 Jun 1906 – 11 Feb 1916 Died)
* Auguste-Joseph-Marie Simeone : (27 May 1916 – 30 Jul 1926
Bishop of Fréjus
Bishop of Fréjus )
* Jean-Marcel Rodié : (29 Apr 1927 – 7 Mar 1938 Appointed, Bishop
of Agen )
* Jean-Baptiste-Adrien Llosa † (14 Sep 1938 – 26 Jul 1966
* André Charles Collini † (26 Jul 1966 Succeeded – 22 Dec 1972
Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Toulouse (-Narbonne-Saint Bertrand
Jean-Charles Thomas (4 Feb 1974 – 23 Dec 1986 Appointed,
Coadjutor Bishop of Versailles)
* Sauveur Casanova † (13 Aug 1987 – 5 Jan 1995 Retired)
André Jean René Lacrampe , Ist. del Prado (5 Jan 1995 – 13 Aug
Archbishop of Besançon )
* Jean-Luc Brunin (6 May 2004 Appointed – 24 June 2011, Appointed
Bishop of Le Havre )
* Olivier de Germay (since 22 February 2012) (fr)
* Catholic Church in
* List of Catholic dioceses in
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Catholic-Hierarchy.org . David M. Cheney.
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* ^ "
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* ^ Convenzione tra il governo francese e S. S. Pio VII: bolle,
discorsi, leggi, decreti, giuramenti, proclami, ec., relativi ai culti
in Francia (in Italian). Genoa: Stamperia della Libertá in Scurreria.
1802. p. 161.
* ^ Casta, p. 32.
* ^ Ughelli, III, p. 493.
* ^ Ritzler, V, p. 68, note 1.
* ^ Ritzler, VI, p. 65, note 1.
* ^ Casta, pp. 35–41.
* ^ Pisani, p. 332-334.
* ^ 'If true, he wasn't in good form.'
Corsica - Guide Routard (in
Italian). Touring Editore. 2002. p. 187. ISBN 978-88-365-2546-1 .
* ^ Napoleon Bonaparte; D. A. Bingham (2010). A Selection from the
Letters and Despatches of the First Napoleon: With Explanatory Notes.
Cambridge University Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-108-02340-5 .
* ^ Evandrus ab Ursino: Ughelli, III, pp. 493–494. J. D. Mansi
(ed.), Sacrorum Conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio editio
novissima Tomus II (Florence 1759), p. 437.
* ^ Benedictus was present at the Lateran council of 649 under Pope
Martin I . Mansi, Tomus X (Florence 1764), p. 866. Gams, p. 764.
* ^ Eubel, I, p. 71.
* ^ Bertrand was transferred to the diocese of Assisi on 14 August
1348. He died in 1357. Eubel, I, p. 71 and 113.
* ^ Gams, p. 764.
* ^ Ughelli, p. 494.
* ^ Petrus had been transferred from the diocese of Ampurias
(Sardinia) (1395–1401). He was appointed by Boniface IX, of the
Roman Obedience. Eubel, I, p. 71, 86.
* ^ A Florentine, Alberti had been Bishop of Orte (1395–1420). He
was transferred from Ajaccio to Asculi Piceno on 19 October 1422.
Eubel, I, 71, 111.
* ^ Andreas had been Bishop of Ciudad Rodrigo (1410–1422). He was
transferred from Ajaccio to the titular bishopric of Megara in Greece
on 5 May 1428. Ughelli, pp. 494–495. Eubel, I, 71, 190, 333.
* ^ Offida was a Master of theology. Eubel, I, p. 71.
* ^ Calderini was a Doctor of Canon Law. On 18 July 1438 he was
transferred to Sagona (Corsica); in 1443 he was transferred to Savona;
in 1466 he was transferred to Albenga. He died in 1472. Eubel, II, p.
79, 84 227, 229.
* ^ Ughelli, p. 495. Eubel, II, p. 79.
* ^ Eubel, II, p. 79.
* ^ Fregoso was Archbishop of Genoa (1453-1498). Doge of Genoa (for
the third time), 1483. Eubel, II, p. 167.
* ^ Filippo Pallavicini of Genoa was the nephew of Cardinal
Antoniotto Pallavicini. He died in 1515. Ughelli, p. 495. Eubel, II,
p. 79; III, p. 94, note 2.
* ^ A native of Genoa, Giacomo Pallavicini was the nephew of his
predecessor, as well as his coadjutor. Eubel, III, p. 94, with note 3.
* ^ Tornabuoni was secretary (until 1538) and chamberlain of Pope
Clement VII , who appointed him Bishop of Borgo San Sepolcro
(1522–1539). In December 1529 he was sent as Nuncio to Flanders by
Clement VII. In 1539 the Genoese authorities refused to grant
Tornabuoni possession of the diocese of Ajaccio. On 9 April 1539 Pope
Paul III had to write to the Genoese demanding his installation, but
in November had to extend the term of Tornabuoni executing his bulls.
He was buried in Santo Spiritu in Sasso in Rome on 31 August 1544.
Eubel III, p. 94, with notes 4 and 6.
* ^ Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law). Maggiordomo of
Pope Paul III
Pope Paul III . Commander of the Hospital of Santo Spiritu. In 1548 he
resigned the diocese. He died on 7 October 1552 in Rome. Eubel, III,
p. 94, with note 8.
* ^ Bernardi was a native of Lucca. Papal Chamberlain. Scriptor
litterarum Apostolicarum (papal secretary). In 1562 he was at the
Council of Trent. Ughelli, pp. 496–497. Eubel, III, p. 94, with note
* ^ Guidiccioni was a native of Lucca. He died at the age of 46.
Ughelli, p. 497.
* ^ Giustiniani was a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law).
He died on 18 April 1616. Carlo Fabrizio Giustiniani (1667). Vita di
monsignor Giulio Giustiniani vescouo di Aiaccio scritta da monsignor
Carlo Fabritio Giustiniani vescouo di Mariana, & di Accia (in
Italian). Roma: per il Tinassi. Ughelli, pp. 497–499. Eubel, III,
p. 94, with note 10.
* ^ Giustiniani was a native of Genoa. He was a Doctor in theology.
Ughelli, pp. 499–500. Gauchat, IV, p. 68 with note 2.
* ^ Rivarola, a native of Genoa, was the nephew of Cardinal
Dominico Rivarola. He was Doctor in utroque iure (Civil Law and Canon
Law), and was appointed Referendary of the Two Signatures, Vice-Legate
in the Romandiola, and Vice-Governor of Fermo. Ughelli, p. 500.
Gauchat, IV, p. 68 with note 3.
* ^ Donghi, a native of Genoa, had been created a cardinal-deacon
Pope Urban VIII
Pope Urban VIII on 13 July 1643, and assigned the Deaconry of San
Giorgio in Velabro . He was transferred to Imola on 2 August 1655.
Gauchat, p. 26, no. 70; p. 68, with note 4; and p. 209.
* ^ Strassera was a native of Genoa, and was a professor of
theology. He was appointed on 11 October 1655, and died on 28 April,
1656. Gauchat, IV, p. 68, with note 5.
* ^ Ardizzoni was born at Tabiae (Taggia) in the diocese of Albenga
(Liguria). He was Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) from
Bologna. He was appointed to Ajaccio on 28 August 1656, and died in
November 1685. Gauchat, IV, p. 68 with note 6. Ritzler, V, p. 68, note
* ^ Inurea was born in Genoa. He rose to be General of the
Camaldolese Order. He died on 10 March 1694. Ritzler, V, p. 68 with
* ^ Gentile was born in Genoa. He held doctorates in philosophy and
theology from the University of Parma. He was consecrated in Rome by
Bandino Panciatici on 19 September 1694. He died in September
1695. Ritzler, V, p. 68 with note 4.
* ^ Sacco was born in Savona. He was lecturer in theology, and
became Provost in his convents in Ravenna and in Rome. He was
consecrated in Rome by Cardinal Pietro Petrucci on 30 November 1695.
He was transferred to the diocese of Brugnato on 27 March 1697; he
died there on 21 December 1721. Ritzler, V, p. 68 with note 5; p. 128
with n. 3.
* ^ Ritzler, V, p. 68 with note 6.
* ^ Spinola was transferred to Savona on 23 September 1722.
Ritzler, V, p. 68 with note 7.
* ^ Lomellino resigned on 26 November 1741, and was transferred to
the titular Archbishopric of Hierapolis. Ritzler, V, p. 68 with note
* ^ Centurione was born in Pavomia, in the diocese of Sagona on
Corsica. He held a Doctorate in theology. He was consecrated in Rome
on 30 November 1741 by Cardinal Pompeio Aldovrando. He died in Ajaccio
on 11 November 1758. Ritzler, VI, p. 65 with note 2.
* ^ Born in Rogliano, in the diocese of Mariana on Corsica, Doria
was a Doctor in utroque iure (Civil and Canon Law) (
Consultor of the Inquisition in Genoa. He was a Canon in the Cathedral
of Genoa. Doria was consecrated in Rome on 4 June 1759 by Cardinal
Joaquin Fernández de Portocarrero. He died in La Spezia on 17
September 1794. Gams, p. 764. Ritzler, VI, p. 65 with note 3.
* ^ Pisani, pp. 332–333.
* ^ Cappelletti, p. 322. Gams, p. 764.
* ^ Cappelletti, pp. 322–323. Gams, p. 764.
* ^ Gams, p. 765.
* ^ Gams, p. 765.
* ^ Casta, pp. 211–215.
* ^ Olivieri had been Vicar-General for Bishop de la Foata. He was
Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (1898). Casta, pp. 215–217.
* ^ This was during the struggle over, and implementation of, the
Law of Separation. Casta, pp. 217–227.
* ^ A native of Ajaccio, Desanti had been Canon of the Cathedral of
Ajaccio. Casta, pp. 224–233.
* ^ Simeone was born in Marseille and was a follower of Bishop
Pierre-Paulin Andrieu, who became a Cardinal in 1907. He studied at
the French College in Rome, and held a doctorate in theology. He was
Canon of the Cathedral of Marseille. Casta, pp. 233–235.
* ^ Casta, pp. 235–241.
* ^ Casta, pp. 241–244.
* ^ Bishop de Germay holds a maîtrise en théologie from the
Institut Jean-Paul II in Rome (1999).
Diocese of Ajaccio, Biography of
Bishop de Germay (in French) retrieved: 2016-10-27.
Bishop Olivier de Germay, incumbent
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