Roman Catholic Diocese of Pinerolo

The diocese of Pinerolo is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in the province of Turin of Piedmont, Northern Italy. It is a suffragan of the archbishopric of Turin.


Ecclesiastical history

Pinerolo’s episcopal see was originally an abbey nullius. It was founded in 1064 by Adelaide, Princess of Susa, in Abbadia Alpina. In the tenth century it belonged to the Marca di Torino (March of Turin) and was governed by the abbots of Pinerolo, even after the city had established itself as a commune (1200). From 1235, however, Amadeus IV of Savoy exercised over the town a kind of protectorate which, in 1243, became absolute, and was exercised thereafter either by the house of Savoy.

Pinerolo was made a diocese in 1748, at the request of Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia, its first prelate being G. B. d'Orlié.

In 1805, conformably with the wish of Napoleon I Bonaparte, the diocese was united with the bishopric of Saluzzo, but in 1817 it was re-established as an independent episcopal see.

Those of its churches deserving mention are the cathedral (which dates from the ninth century, and has a beautiful campanile) and San Maurizio, a beautiful Gothic church, from the belfry of which there is a superb view of the Alps and of the sub-Alpine plain.


The 62 parishes are all within the Piedmontese province of Turin[1]


Province of Turin

S. Lorenzo
S. Marcellino
Bobbio Pellice
S. Maria Assunta
S. Maria Assunta
S. Michele (San Michele)
S. Michele
Nostra Signora del Buon Rimedio (Appendini)
S. Giovanni Battista (Campiglione Fenile)
Santi Gervasio e Protasio (Fenile)
S. Maria Assunta
S. Luigi Ix
S. Giusto (Mentoulles)
S. Donato
Inverso Pinasca
S. Francesco di Sales
Luserna San Giovanni
S. Cuore di Gesù
S. Giacomo
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Antonio
S. Maria Maddalena
Natività di Maria Vergine
Perosa Argentina
S. Genesio
S. Giuseppe
S. Maria Maddalena
S. Martino (San Martino)
Invenzione di S. Croce (Trossieri)
S. Maria Assunta
S. Antonio (Grandubbione)
S. Rocco (Pinasca-Dubbione)
Cuore Immacolato di Maria
Madonna di Fatima
S. Donato nella Cattedrale
S. Leonardo Murialdo
S. Luigi Ix
S. Maurizio
Santi Michele e Lorenzo
Spirito Santo
S. Verano (Abbadia Alpina)
S. Marco (Baudenasca)
S. Maria della Neve (Pascaretto)
S. Barbara (Riva di Pinerolo)
S. Maddalena (Talucco)
S. Nicolao
S. Michele
S. Maria Assunta (La Ruà)
S. Lorenzo (Traverses)
S. Lorenzo (Rodoretto)
S. Giovanni Battista (Villa di Rodoretto)
Natività di Maria Vergine (Rue)
S. Bartolomeo
Natività di Maria Vergine
S. Stefano (Castel del Bosco)
S. Giovanni Battista (Villaretto)
Salza di Pinerolo
Natività di Maria Vergine
San Germano Chisone
S. Germano
S. Carlo Borromeo (Inverso Porte)
San Pietro Val Lemina
Santi Pietro e Paolo
San Secondo di Pinerolo
S. Secondo
S. Maria Assunta (Miradolo)
Torre Pellice
S. Martino
S. Pietro
Villar Pellice
S. Maurizio
Villar Perosa
S. Pietro in Vincoli


  1. ^ Source: ([Retrieved:2008-03-12 14:37:02 +0000)

Sources and references

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed (1913). "Diocese of Pinerolo". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

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