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Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo

Dioecesis Sorana-Cassinensis-Aquinatensis-Pontiscurvi
Cattedrale di Sora.JPG
Sora Cathedral
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately exempt to the Holy See
Area2,016 km2 (778 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2014)
235,750 (est.)
232,900 (est.) (98.8%)
Members381 (2014)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established3rd century
CathedralCattedrale di S. Maria Assunta (Sora)
Co-cathedralBasilica Concattedrale degli SS. Costanzo e Tommaso d’Aquino (Aquino)
Concattedrale di S. Bartolomeo Apostolo (Pontecorvo)
Patron saintS. Restituta V.M. (May 27) [Sora], S. Costanzo Vescovo e S. Tommaso d'Aquino (March 7) [Aquino], Martirio di S. Giovanni Battista (August 29) [Pontecorvo]
Secular priests116 (diocesan)
26 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
BishopGerardo Antonazzo
Bishops emeritusLuca Brandolini, C.M.

The Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo (Latin: Dioecesis Sorana-Cassiensis-Aquinatensis-Pontiscurvi) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical jurisdiction or diocese of the Catholic Church in Lazio, Italy).[1][2] It is exempt to the Holy See and not part of any ecclesiastical province. The current bishop of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo is Gerardo Antonazzo, who was ordained a bishop on April 8, 2013 by Pope Francis.


The Diocese of Sora originated in the 3rd century.

On June 27, 1818, it was united with the [[Roman Catholic Diocese of Aquino e Pontecorvo|Diocese of Aquino and Pontecorvo]'[3] as the Diocese of Aquino, Sora and Pontecorvo, from September 30, 1986 known as the Diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo.

On October 23, 2014, the lands of the Benedictine territorial Abbey of Montecassino which were not part of the abbey proper were transferred by Pope Francis to this diocese. It was then renamed to its current title. The various religious institutions involved in this transfer included 53 parishes.[4] In 2014 there was one priest for every 1,640 Catholics in the diocese.


The seat of the bishop is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption (Italian: Santa Maria Assunta) in Sora.

Both former cathedrals, S. Bartolomeo Apostolo in Pontecorvo and Aquino's Santi Costanzo e Tommaso d’Aquino Cathedral, are now ranked as co-cathedrals and were granted the status of minor basilica.


Diocese of Sora

Latin Name: Sorana
Erected: 3rd Century

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Diocese of Aquino, Sora, e Pontecorvo

Latin Name: Aquinatensis, Sorana et Pontiscurvi
United: 27 June 1818 with the Diocese of Aquino and Pontecorvo

Diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo

Latin Name: Sorana-Aquinatensis-Pontiscurvi
Name Changed: 30 September 1986

Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Pontecorvo

Territory added: 23 October 2014 with the Territorial Abbey of Montecassino


  1. ^ "Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Portecorvino" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 27, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Sora-Cassino-Aquino-Portecorvino" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 27, 2016
  3. ^ dating from 1725; the previous diocese of Aquino had been established in the 5th century
  4. ^ "Vatican Press Release". Abbey of Montecassino. October 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Bishop Matteo Mancini" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Bernardo Ruggieri" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Adriano Mascheroni" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Marco Antonio Salomone" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Tommaso Guzzoni, C.O." David M. Cheney. Retrieved August 19, 2016

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Coordinates: 41°43′00″N 13°37′00″E / 41.7167°N 13.6167°E / 41.7167; 13.6167