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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni

Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni
Archidioecesis Amalphitana-Cavensis
Façade of the Duomo of Amalfi
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Salerno-Campagna-Acerno
Area 150 km2 (58 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
102,700 (99.4%)
Parishes 76
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 6th Century
Cathedral Cattedrale di S. Andrea Apostolo
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Orazio Soricelli
Cloisters in the Duomo of Amalfi.

The Archdiocese of Amalfi-Cava de' Tirreni (Latin: Archidioecesis Amalphitana-Cavensis) is a Roman Catholic archbishopric, which has its archiepiscopal see at Amalfi, not far from Naples. It was named Archdiocese of Amalfi until parts of the Diocese of Cava e Sarno were merged with it on September 30, 1986.

It was exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See, but is now a suffragan of the archdiocese of Salerno-Campagna-Acerno.

The current titular is Orazio Soricelli.


The early beginnings of Amalfi are very obscure; it is not known when it was founded, or when Christianity reached it. That it was early is a reasonable conjecture, considering the facilities for communication with the East which the South of Italy possessed.

The first positive indication that Amalfi was a Christian community is supplied by Pope Gregory the Great, who wrote in January 596 to the Subdeacon Antemius, his legate and administrator in Campania, ordering him to constrain within a monastery Primenus, Bishop of Amalfi, because he did not remain in his diocese, but roamed about.[1] The regular list of bishops began in 829.

It was raised to an archbishopric by Pope John XV in 987. In 1206, after the completion of the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Duomo), the relics of the Apostle of that name, who was the patron saint of Amalfi, were taken from Constantinople and brought there by Cardinal Pietro of Capua, an Amalfitan who took part in the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade.


  1. ^ Reg., V, xiv; cf. Jaffé, Regesta Pontificum Romanorum, 1403.

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