Roman Catholic Diocese of Treviso
The Italian Catholic diocese of Treviso is in the Veneto
Veneto is one of the 20 regions of Italy. Its population is about 5 million, ranking 5th in Italy.Veneto had been for more than a millennium an independent state, the Republic of Venice, until it was eventually annexed by Italy in 1866 after brief Austrian and French rule...

. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Venice.


Through the intercession of Bishop Felix the city of Treviso
Treviso is a city and comune in Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Treviso and the municipality has 82,854 inhabitants : some 3,000 live within the Venetian walls or in the historical and monumental center, some 80,000 live in the urban center proper, while the city...

 was spared during the Lombard invasion (569) and became the seat of a duchy. Charlemagne
Charlemagne was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800...

 made it a marquisate, extending from Belluno
Belluno , is a town and province in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Located about 100 kilometres north of Venice, Belluno is the capital of the province of Belluno and the most important city in the Eastern Dolomiti's region. With its roughly 37,000 inhabitants, it the largest populated area...

 to Ceneda, and from the Adige
The Adige is a river with its source in the Alpine province of South Tyrol near the Italian border with Austria and Switzerland. At in length, it is the second longest river in Italy, after the River Po with ....

 to the Tagliamento. In 922 Treviso, which was under episcopal jurisdiction, was sacked by the Hungarians.

Treviso probably was Christianized from Aquileia
Aquileia is an ancient Roman city in what is now Italy, at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 10 km from the sea, on the river Natiso , the course of which has changed somewhat since Roman times...

. The first bishop of certain date was Jucundus, who in 421 took part in the consecration of the church of the Rialto in Venice. The bishops of Treviso who participated in the schism of the Three Chapters
Schism of the Three Chapters
The Schism of the Three Chapters was a schism that affected the Roman Catholic Church in North Italy lasting from 553 to 698 AD, although the area out of communion with Rome contracted throughout that time...

 were: Felix (see above); Rusticus, present at the Council of Murano (588); and Felix II, who signed the petition to the Emperor Maurice.

In 905 Bishop Adelbert received from Berengar I of Italy
Berengar I of Italy
Berengar of Friuli was the Margrave of Friuli from 874 until no earlier than 890 and no later than 896, King of Italy from 887 until his death, and Holy Roman Emperor from 915 until his death.Berengar rose to become one of the most influential laymen in the empire of Charles the Fat before he...

 the temporal jurisdiction of the city, which extended to Rozo (969- 1001) and Rolando who adhered to the schism of Clement III. Bishop Tiso (1212-45) suffered from the tyranny of Ezzelino, and Alberto Ricco, O. M. (1255), was imprisoned for preaching against him.

Other bishops were:
  • Loto Gambacurta (1394), exiled by the Florentines from his archbishopric of Pisa;
  • Giovanni Benedetti
    Giovanni Benedetti
    Giovanni Benedetti is an Italian Prelate of Roman Catholic Church. At , he is one of oldest Roman Catholic bishops and Italian bishops....

    , O. P. (1418), who reformed many convents of his order and concubinary priests;
  • Ludovico Barbo (1437), Abbot of S. Giustina of Padua, and reformer of the Benedictine order;
  • Ermolao Barbaro
    Ermolao Barbaro (bishop)
    Ermolao Barbaro was an Italian prelate. He is sometimes referred to as "the elder" to distinguish him from his relative Ermolao Barbaro.- History :...

  • Cardinal Pietro Riario
    Pietro Riario
    Pietro Riario was an Italian cardinal and Papal diplomat.-Biography:Born in Savona, he was the son of Paolo Riario and Pope Sixtus IVs' sister, Bianca Della Rovere. Sixtus nominated him in 1471 bishop of Treviso and cardinal, and, in 1473, archbishop of Florence. He was entrusted with Sixtus'...

    , O. M. (1471);
  • Fra Giovanni Dacri (1478), formerly minister general of the Franciscans, who restored the cathedral and reorganized the revenues of the bishopric, leaving many pious foundations;
  • Nicolò Franco (1486), papal nuncio in various countries;
  • Francesco Cornaro
    Francesco Cornaro
    Francesco Cornaro may refer to:* Francesco Cornaro * Francesco Cornaro , Doge of Venice...

     (1577), who founded a seminary, introduced the reforms of the Council of Trent, resigned his see, and was created cardinal;
  • Gian Antonio Lupo (1646), who conflicted with his canons;
  • Giambattista Saniedo (1684);
  • Fortunato Morosini (1710);
  • Bernardino Marini (1788-1817), a canon of the Lateran, present at the Council of Paris, 1811, who united the abbey nullius of Novisa with the See of Treviso
  • Giuseppe Giapelli, appointed by the Austrian Government, but not recognized by the Holy See, so that the diocese remained in turmoil until the death of the candidate.

In 1818 Treviso passed from the metropolitan see of Aquileia (Udine) to the archdiocese of Venice. Bishop Giuseppe Grasser (1822) healed the conflicts caused by the interregnum. Bishop Giovanni Antonio Farina (1850) conferred sacred orders on Giuseppe Sarto, later Pope Pius X
Pope Pius X
Pope Saint Pius X , born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was the 257th Pope of the Catholic Church, serving from 1903 to 1914. He was the first pope since Pope Pius V to be canonized. Pius X rejected modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox...


United with Treviso is the ancient Diocese of Asolo, the bishops of which are unknown from 587 (Agnellus) until 1049 (Ugo); and the diocese of Heraclea (diocse of Città Nova), a city founded in the times of the Byzantine emperor Heraclius, as a refuge for the inhabitants of Opitergium (Oderzo), who with their bishop (Magnus
Magnus of Oderzo
Saint Magnus of Oderzo was a 7th century Italian saint who is notable for founding some of the earliest churches in Venice. He was Bishop of Oderzo and travelled to Venice where he founded the churches of Santi Apostoli, San Pietro di Castello, Santa Maria Formosa, Santa Guistina, San Giovanni in...

) had been exiled by the Lombards. Twenty-six bishops are known, from 814 until the union of the see with Treviso, 1440.
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