Roman Catholic Diocese of Bergamo
The Diocese of Bergamo is a see
Episcopal See
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 of the Catholic Church in Italy
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, and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Milan. It was founded in the fourth century CE
Common Era
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, and its first bishop was Saint Narno. Narnus was succeeded by Viator of Bergamo
Viator of Bergamo
Saint Viator of Bergamo is venerated as the second bishop of Bergamo. Viator is unanimously and traditionally considered the successor of Saint Narnus in that see. Viator's episcopate is considered to have lasted from 343 to 370....



The diocese is headed by Bishop Francesco Beschi
Francesco Beschi
- Life :Francisco Beschi was born to a railroad worker and his wife in 1951 on the 6th of August in Brescia. He grew up in Brescia and joined the seminary of his diocese in his youth....

, and has a strong fraternal relationship with the city and the archdiocese of Cochabamba
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 in Bolivia
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. As of 2007, the diocese of Bergamo has 389 parish
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es, most of them belong to the political entity known as the Province of Bergamo
Province of Bergamo
The Province of Bergamo is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a population of 1,098,740 , an area of 2,722.86 square km, and contains 244 comuni...

 (Italian: Provincia di Bergamo).

Patron saint

August 26 is the feast day of Bergamo's patron, Saint Alexander
Alexander of Bergamo
Saint Alexander of Bergamo is the patron saint of Bergamo. Alexander may simply have been a Roman soldier or resident of Bergamo who was tortured and killed for not renouncing his Christian faith. Details of his life are uncertain, but subsequent Christian legends consider him a centurion of the...

, who is believed to have been a Roman centurion
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 of the Theban legion
Theban Legion
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 imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. He escaped, was recaptured, and was executed around 297 CE. He is considered a Christian martyr
A martyr is somebody who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce, or accept, a belief or cause, usually religious.-Meaning:...

. A church, San Alessandro da Bergamo, had been dedicated to him since the earliest days of the diocese. The church is presently administered by the Benedictines, priests belonging to the Order of Saint Benedict
Order of Saint Benedict
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Diocesan synod

In 2007, the diocese opened its 37th Diocesan Synod
Diocesan Synod
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, a gathering dedicated to problems and opportunities confronting parishes in the twenty-first century.

Missionary activities

The diocese maintains strong relations with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cochabamba
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cochabamba
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. Priests of the diocese manage parishes in Cuba
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 and Cote d'Ivoire
Côte d'Ivoire
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Notable people in the history of the diocese

  • Pope John XXIII
    Pope John XXIII
    -Papal election:Following the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958, Roncalli was elected Pope, to his great surprise. He had even arrived in the Vatican with a return train ticket to Venice. Many had considered Giovanni Battista Montini, Archbishop of Milan, a possible candidate, but, although archbishop...

  • Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi
    Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi
    Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bergamo. Today he is famous for his strong involvement in social issues at the beginning of 20th century.-Biography:...

  • Adriano Bernareggi
    Adriano Bernareggi
    -Biography:Born in Oreno, near Milan, was the brother of future bishop Domenico Bernareggi.He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1907. He graduated from Pontifical Gregorian University in canon law, after graduation became a teacher of canon law at the Milan Roman Catholic diocesan seminary...


The 390 parishes all fall within the Lombardy
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Regions of Italy
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. 375 are within the Province of Bergamo
Province of Bergamo
The Province of Bergamo is a province in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a population of 1,098,740 , an area of 2,722.86 square km, and contains 244 comuni...

, 14 in the Province of Lecco
Province of Lecco
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,and one in the Province of Brescia
Province of Brescia
The Province of Brescia is a Province in Lombardy, Italy. It borders with the province of Sondrio in the N and NW, the province of Bergamo in the W, province of Cremona in the SW and S, the province of Mantova to the S, and to the east, the province of Verona and Trentino .Source for statistical...

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