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Hospita is former Ancient city and Roman bishopric, in present Algeria, now a Latin Catholic titular see.
Hospita was one of many cities in the Roman province of Numidia, important enough to become a suffragan bishopric, but like most faded completely.
Its only recorded bishops were :
- Bennatus, participating in the conference of Carthage of 411, confronting Catholic and Donatist (heretical) bishops in Roman North Africa,
- joined by his Donatist counterpart as anti-bishop of Hospita, Lucullus.
- Gedalius parttook in the synod called in Carthage in 484 by the Vandal king Huneric, again with Donatists, after which he was exiled with his Catholic peers.
The diocese was nominally restored in 1933: Established as Latin Titular bishopric of Hospita (Latin) / Ospita (Curiate Italian) / Hospiten(sis) (Latin adjective).
It has had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting Episcopal (lowest) rank :
- pen name of novelist Charles Lamb
- Latin (fem. of hospes 'host'; adopted in various languages) for a landlady.
Sources and external links
- Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig, 1931, p. 466
- Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia, 1816, pp. 187-188