Suburbicarian Cardinal-Bishops in Latium
The Suburbicarian Bishoprics are a group of Sees set in and around the
ancient province of Latium, in close proximity to Rome and the Papacy.
From early times these ecclesiastics were closely involved in managing
church affairs as assistants to the Bishop of Rome, and thus became the
core of the College of Cardinals. Traditionally there have been seven Cardinal-Bishops
drawn from this group, although in actual fact the number has varied somewhat
over the centuries - in addition to the seven now present there have been
other Bishoprics in Latium mentioned as Suburbicarian Sees, most notably
Tivoli, Gabii (united later with Palestrina), Lavicum (united with Tusculum),
and Nepi. These Sees may also re-emerge back from being attached to others
- Velletri, below, was united with Ostia for more than 750 years. As these
Sees evolved into titular seats for Cardinals who were busy administering
the church as a whole, their pastoral functions were assumed by suffragan
Bishops, but the Cardinal-Bishops have always been the holders-of-record
for these establishments.
This file contains Albano, Caere,
Rufina, and Velletri.