Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet
Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi
Eparhia e Horës së Arbëreshëvet
|Ecclesiastical province||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|(as of 2010)|
|Denomination||Italo-Albanian Catholic Church|
|Established||26 October 1937|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St Demetrius the Martyr (Piana degli Albanesi)|
|Co-cathedral||St. Mary of the Admiral (Palermo)|
|Bishop||Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro|
|Apostolic Administrator||Paolo Romeo|
|Bishops emeritus||Ercole Lupinacci|
The Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi (Italian: Eparchia di Piana degli Albanesi; Arbëreshë Albanian: Eparhia e Horës së Arbëreshëvet) is an eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) of the Italo-Albanian Catholic Church sui iuris (Byzantine Rite in Albanian language and Greek language) covering the Italian island of Sicily, where it has 15 parishes. Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cattedrale di S. Demetrio Megalomartire dedicated to the marty Deemetrio, in Piana degli Albanesi, province of Palermo.
On February 6, 1784, was established the Ordinariate of Silicia, the first jurisdiction with on ordinary for this particular church sui iuris, and appointed to it the first titular bishop of the Byzantine-Orthodox Rite for the Albanians of Sicily: Giorgio Stassi, Titular Bishop of Lampsacus. Before, the Albanians faithful and their Orthodox priests they had no right and were at risk in assimilation in the Roman rite.
On October 26, 1937, the Eparchy of Piana dei Greci was created by promoting the Ordinariate of Silicia and transferring to it territories from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palermo and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Monreale (both on Sicily).
On October 25, 1941, the Eparchy (Diocese) of Piana dei Greci was renamed as Eparchy of Piana degli Abanesi / Hora e Arbëreshëvet.
The Eparchy of Piana degli Albanesi includes the comunes of Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, Mezzojuso, Palazzo Adriano and Santa Cristina Gela. Eparchia See is the town of Piana degli Albanesi, where the Cathedral of Saint Demetrio Megalomartire is located. In Palermo, there is the Co-Cathedral of San Nicolò dei Greci alla Martorana. The territory is divided into 15 parishes.
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