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Fussala was a town in the Roman province of Numidia that became a Christian bishopric. The town and bishopric disappeared after the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb, but the bishopric has been revived as a titular see of the Catholic Church,[1]


Fussala was a fortified town situated forty miles from Saint Augustine's Hippo Regius. The fortress of Fussala completed the defences of Hippo.

First bishop

In about 416, Augustine of Hippo appointed as Catholic bishop of Fussala, then inhabited for the most part by Donatists, a young man named Antoninus, who robbed the people there and was removed.[2] Antoninus insisted on being restored to Fussala, even appealing to the Apostolic See, but was resolutely opposed by the faithful of the see. In a long letter of his, Augustine recounts the series of problems that Antoninus had caused.[3] Neil B. McLynn gives a more sympathetic presentation of the case of Antoninus.[4]

Later bishops

A certain Melior is known to have been bishop in 484.[5] The see still existed in the 7th century.[6]


  1. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), "Sedi titolari", p. 898
  2. ^ Francois Decret, Early Christianity in North Africa(James Clarke & Co, 2011) p122
  3. ^ Saint Augustine, Letter 20* in Roland J. Teske, Boniface Ramsey (translators), Letters 211-270, 1*-29* (New City Press 2005 ISBN 978-1-56548209-8), pp. 299ff
  4. ^ Neil B. McLynn, "Administrator: Augustine in His Diocese," in A Companion to Augustine, Mark Vessey, ed. (John Wiley & Sons 2013 ISBN 978-1-11825545-2), pp. 318-321
  5. ^ Serge Lancel, Saint Augustine (Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, 2002 ISBN 978-0-33402866-6), p. 257
  6. ^ Siméon Vailhé, "Fussola" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1909)

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