Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia

Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia
Archidioecesis Ravennatensis-Cerviensis

Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Ravenna-Cervia
Area 1,185 km2 (458 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
210,500 (est.) (91.8%)
Parishes 89
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1st century
Cathedral Cattedrale di Risurrezione di N.S. Gesù Cristo (Ravenna)
Co-cathedral Cattedrale di S. Pietro (Cervia)
Secular priests 86 (diocesan)
29 (Religious Orders)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Lorenzo Ghizzoni
Emeritus Bishops Giuseppe Verucchi

The Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia (Latin: Archidioecesis Ravennatensis-Cerviensis) is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.[1]

The cathedral of the archdiocese is the Cathedral Basilica of the Resurrection of Our Lord in Ravenna; the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Cervia is the co-cathedral of the archdiocese.[2]

The current Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia, since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, November 17, 2012, is Lorenzo Ghizzoni.[3]


The Archdiocese of Ravenna was a Roman Catholic diocese in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The archdiocese was erected in the 1st century as a diocese, and was elevated to an archdiocese in the 5th century.[4] Among its famous archbishops are Saint Peter Chrysologus, a Doctor of the Church, and Saint Guido Maria Conforti, who was canonized as a saint in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. The early medieval Ravenna papyri form an important record from the church's chancery between the 5th and 10th century.

In 1947 the archdiocese was merged with the Diocese of Cervia into the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia.[5]

The archdiocese was created in 1947 through the merger of the Archdiocese of Ravenna and the Diocese of Cervia.[6] The archdiocese in 2014 had one priest for every 1,830 Catholics.

See also


  1. "Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. "Cathedrals in Italy, Vatican City State, San Marino". Giga-Catholic Information. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  4. Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia -
  5. Historical Summary, Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia -
  6. "Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

Further reading

Coordinates: 44°25′00″N 12°12′00″E / 44.4167°N 12.2000°E / 44.4167; 12.2000

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