Diocese of Thucca Terenbenthina

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The Diocese of Thucca Terenbenthina is an ancient Titular See of the Roman Catholic Church. [1] [2] The diocese is also known as Tucca Terebentina or دڨة , (Latin : Dioecesis Thuccensis Terebenthina ).



Also known as Tucca Terebentina, the diocese is an ancient episcopal see of the Roman province of Byzacena. In antiquity the bishopric was centered on [3] [4] Dougga. [5]

Thucca Terenbenthina

Thucca Terenbenthina, also known as Thugga, was an ancient Roman-Berber town in the province of African Proconsularis. In late antiquity, it was made a municipium of the province of Byzacena. Thucca Terenbenthina is identified with ruins located in the modern town of Dougga, Tunisia.

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The diocese was founded during the Roman Empire and survived through the Arian Vandal and Orthodox Byzantine empires, only ceasing to function with the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. The bishopric was re-founded in name at least in the 20th century and it remains today a Roman Catholic Church titular see. [6]

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Very little is known of the history of the Bishopric. The donatist bishop Pascasio, who was present at the Carthage conference of 411 may have belonged to this town but it is uncertain.

Today Thucca Terebentina survives as a titular bishop's seat having been re-founded in the 1930s and the current titular bishop is Gerardo Antonio Zerdín Bukovec, apostolic vicar of San Ramón. Modern bishops have included:

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Bishop Pío Bello Ricardo was Titular Bishop of Thucca terebenthina and Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Los Teques from 1981 to 1995.

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  1. Titular Episcopal See of Thucca Terebenthina, GCatholic.org.
  2. David Cheney,Diocese of Tucca Terebentina, on Catholic-Hierarchy.org.]
  3. Collectif, L’Afrique romaine.(Atlande, Neuilly-sur-Seine, 2006) p69-439, p.310.
  4. Mustapha Khanoussi, « L’évolution urbaine de Thugga (Dougga) en Afrique proconsulaire : de l’agglomération numide à la ville africo-romaine »,(CRAI (Comptes-rendus des séances de l’Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres), 2003), pp. 131–155
  5. Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Thugga". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  6. Titular Episcopal See of Thugga.