The Italian Catholic archdiocese of Cosenza-Bisignano in Calabria has been a metropolitan see since 2001.
The Gospel was first preached in Cosenza by missionaries from Reggio; its earliest known bishop is Palumbus, a correspondent of St. Gregory the Great. Cosenza was erected as a diocese in 700. Cosenza was raised to the dignity of an archbishopric about 1050. Among the best known Archbishops of Cosenza have been: Ruffo, who perished in the earthquake of 1184; the Cistercian Martino , a prolific but uncritical writer; Pirro Caracciolo , the friend of St. Francis of Paula; Bartolommeo Fleury, who died at Rome in Castle Sant' Angelo, where he had been imprisoned for forgery of pontifical documents; Taddeo, later Cardinal, Gaddi , who obtained from Paul IV the privilege by which the cathedral canons of Cosenza wear the choir habit of the Vatican basilica; and Giuseppe Maria Sanfelice , frequently charged by the Holy See with diplomatic missions.
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