Vegesela in Numidia
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Vegesela in Numidia

Vegesela (in Numidia) was an Ancient city and former bishopric in Roman North Africa and remains a Latin Catholic titular see.

Its present location, in Algeria, may be Ksar-Bou-Saïd, Ksar-El-Kelb or Henchir-El-Abiodh.


It was among the many cities of sufficient importance in the Roman province of Numidia to become a suffragan diocese (in the papal sway), but faded, presumably at the seventh century advent of Islam.

Four of it bishops are historically documented :

Titular see

The diocese was nominally restored in 1933 as Latin titular bishopric of Vegesela in Numidia (Latin = Curiate Italian) / Vegeselitan(us) in Numidia (Latin adjective)

It has had the following incumbents, so far of the fitting episcopal (lowest) rank:

  • Idílio José Soares (1966.11.21 - death 1969.12.10) as emeritate; previously Bishop of Petrolina (Brazil) (1932.09.16 - 1943.06.12), Bishop of Santos (Brazil) (1943.06.12 - 1966.11.21)
  • Eduardo Larraín Cordovez (1970.02.02 - death 1970.10.20) as emeritate; previously Bishop of Rancagua (Chile) (1938.07.09 - 1970.02.02)
  • Fernando Ramon Prego Casal (1970.11.13 - 1971.07.24) as Auxiliary Bishop of Cienfuegos-Santa Clara (Cuba) (1970.11.13 - 1971.07.24); next succeeded as Bishop of Cienfuegos-Santa Clara (1971.07.24 - 1995.04.01), Bishop of daughter see Santa Clara (Cuba) (1995.04.01 - death 1999.01.09)
  • Moacyr Grechi, Servites (O.S.M.) (later Archbishop) (1973.07.20 - 1978.05.26) as Bishop-Prelate of Territorial Prelature of Acre e Purus (Brazil) (1972.07.10 - 1986.02.15); later Bishop of Rio Branco (Brazil) (1986.02.15 - 1998.07.29), Metropolitan Archbishop of Porto Velho (Brazil) (1998.07.29 - retired 2011.11.30)
  • Severo Aparicio Quispe, Mercederians (O. de M.) (1978.12.11 - death 2013.05.06) as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Cusco (Peru) (1978.12.11 - retired 1999.04.10) and as emeritate
  • Bishop-elect Juarez Delorto Secco (2017.06.07 - ...), Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of (São Sebastião do) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) (2017.06.07 - ...).

See also

Sources and external links

  • Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, p. 469
  • Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, pp. 349-350
  • J. Mesnage, L'Afrique chrétienne, Paris 1912, p. 240
  • H. Jaubert, Anciens évêchés et ruines chrétiennes de la Numidie et de la Sitifienne, in Recueil des Notices et Mémoires de la Société archéologique de Constantine, vol. 46, 1913, pp. 99-100

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