Diocese of Lucca
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Diocese of Lucca
Archdiocese of Lucca

Archidioecesis Lucensis

Arcidiocesi di Lucca
Dome Lucques Duomo San Martino Lucca.jpg
Lucca Cathedral
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area1,520 km2 (590 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
323,900 (est.)
316,900 (guess)
DenominationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1st century
CathedralCathedral of St Martin in Lucca
Patron saintSt Paulinus of Antioch
Secular priests178 (diocesan)
15 (Religious Orders)
21 Permanent Deacons
Current leadership
ArchbishopPaolo Giulietti
Bishops emeritusBenvenuto Castellani
Italy Tuscany Diocese map Lucca.svg
Website of the Archdiocese

The Italian Catholic Archdiocese of Lucca (Latin: Archidioecesis Lucensis) dates back as a diocese to the 1st century; it became an archdiocese in 1726. It has no suffragan dioceses, and is directly subject to the Holy See.[1][2]


During the Gothic Wars the city of Lucca was besieged and taken by Totila (550). Hoping for assistance from the Franks, the Lucchesi obstinately resisted the attack of Narses, surrendering only after a siege of seven months (553). It later fell into the hands of the Lombards, was thenceforward a place of great importance, and became the favourite seat of the Marquesses of Tuscany.

In 981 Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor bestowed on its bishop civil jurisdiction over the entire diocesan territory; but in 1081 Emperor Henry IV made it a free city and conferred other favours upon it, especially in the way of trade. This was the origin of the Republic of Lucca. Lucca was generally on the side of the pope against the emperor, and hence joined the League of S. Ginesio (1197).

There is a legend that the Gospel was preached at Lucca by St. Paulinus, a disciple of St. Peter, and the discovery in 1197 of a stone, recording the deposition of the relics of Paulinus, a holy martyr, apparently confirmed this belief. On the stone, however, St. Paulinus is not called Bishop of Lucca, nor is there any allusion to his having lived in Apostolic times.[3]

The first bishop of certain date is Maximus, present at the Council of Sardica (343). At the Council of Rimini (359), Paulinus, Bishop of Lucca, was present. Perhaps the above-mentioned legend arose through a repetition of this Paulinus. Remarkable for sanctity and miracles was St. Fridianus (Frediano) (560-588), son of Ultonius, King of Ireland, or perhaps of a king of Ulster (Ultonia), of whom in his "Dialogues" (III, 10) Gregory the Great relates a miracle.[4]

In 739, during the episcopate of Walprandus, Richard, King of the Angles and father of the Saints Willibald, Wunibald, and Walburga, died at Lucca and was buried in the church of S. Frediano. Under Blessed Giovanni (787) it is said the Volto Santo was brought to Lucca. Other bishops were:

In 1408 Pope Gregory XII went to Lucca to come to a personal agreement with the antipope Benedict XIII, and was there abandoned by his cardinals.



The archdiocese has a total of 362 parishes, all of which fall within the (civil) region of Tuscany. 354 are in the Province of Lucca and 8 in the Province of Pistoia.[5] For a listing of parishes by province and commune see List of parishes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lucca.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Lucca". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2018. [self-published]
  2. ^ Chow, Gabriel. "Archdiocese of Lucca (Italy)". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 2018. [self-published]
  3. ^ "Analecta Bollandiana", 1904, p. 491; 1905, p. 502.
  4. ^ On St. Fridianus see Colgan, "Acta Sanct. Scot.", I (1645), 633-51; "Dict. Christ. Biog.", s. v.; Fanucchi, "Vita di San Frediano" (Lucca, 1870); O'Hanlon, "Lives of Irish Saints", under 18 Nov.; "Analecta Bolland.", XI (1892), 262-3, and "Bolland. Bibl. hagiogr. lat." (1899), 476.
  5. ^ Source for parishes: CCI (2008), Parrocchie, Chiesa Cattolica Italiana, archived from the original on 2013-02-18, retrieved .


  • Guidi, P. "Serie cronologica dei vescovi e degli arcivescovi di Lucca," Schola Clericorum et Cura Animarum, Vol. V, 1905, to Vol. XI, 1911. Lucca. (in Italian)

External links

  • Benigni, Umberto. "Lucca." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 9. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. Retrieved: 23 November 2019.
  • (in Italian) List of bishops
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Lucca". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Coordinates: 43°51?00?N 10°31?00?E / 43.8500°N 10.5167°E / 43.8500; 10.5167

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