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Diocese of Lodi

Diocese of Lodi
Dioecesis Laudensis
Lodi Cathedral
Country Italy
Ecclesiastical province Milan
Area 894 km2 (345 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
253,166 (98.6%)
Parishes 126
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th century
Cathedral Basilica Cattedrale di S. Bassiano
Current leadership
Bishop Giuseppe Merisi
Emeritus Bishops Giacomo Capuzzi
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The Italian Catholic Diocese of Lodi (Latin: Dioecesis Laudensis) has existed since the fourth century, and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Milan.[1]


Under Diocletian, according to the local legend, 4000 Christians with their bishop, whose name is unknown, were burned alive in their church. St. Bassianus, the patron of the city of Lodi, was certainly bishop in 378.

Other bishops were:

  • Titianus (474), whose relics were discovered in 1640;
  • Venantianus, a contemporary of Gregory the Great;
  • Olderico (1024);
  • Alberico di Merlino (1160);
  • Alberto Quadrelli (1168);
  • Leone Palatini (1318), peacemaker between the Guelphs and Ghibellines;
  • Paolo Cadamosto (1354), legate of Pope Urban VI in Hungary;
  • Cardinal Gerardo di Landriana (1419), who discovered the De Oratore of Cicero;
  • Cardinal Lodovico Simonetta (1537), who presided at the Council of Trent;
  • Antonio Scarampi (1568), founder of the seminary and friend of Charles Borromeo;
  • Carlo Ambrogio Mezzabarba (1725), Apostolic visitor for China and the Indies;
  • Gian Antonio della Beretta (1758), who suffered exile for his opposition to the oath of the Cisalpine Constitution;
  • Tarcisio Vincenzo Benedetti (1952 - 1972);
  • Giulio Oggioni (1972-1977);
  • Giacomo Capuzzi (1989–2005);
  • Giuseppe Merisi (2005–present).


The diocese has 406 parishes, all in the Lombardy region: 386 in the Province of Lodi, 12 in the Province of Milan, 6 in the Province of Cremona and 2 in the Province of Pavia.[2]


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