A Franciscan Bishop


The coat of arms above is that of Giuseppe Piemontese, OFM Conv who will be ordained on June 21 as the bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia, Italy. A very pleasing design.

(…and if you say the name of the diocese very quickly the middle part sounds like you’re saying “Narnia”)

1 thought on “A Franciscan Bishop

  1. Nan

    I first read Narnia, then of course, you forced me to google it, and I learned that:

    The name Narnia is based on Narni, Italy, written in Latin as Narnia. Lancelyn Green wrote:
    When Walter Hooper asked [C. S. Lewis] where he found the word ‘Narnia’, Lewis showed him Murray’s Small Classical Atlas, ed. G.B. Grundy (1904), which he acquired when he was reading the classics with Mr Kirkpatrick at Great Bookham [1914–1917]. On plate 8 of the Atlas is a map of ancient Italy. Lewis had underscored the name of a little town called Narnia, simply because he liked the sound of it. Narnia — or ‘Narni’ in Italian — is in Umbria, halfway between Rome and Assisi.[11] – Chronicles of Narnia, Wikipedia.

    While it doesn’t count as scholarly research, it’s a good story and I like it whether it’s accurate or not. So yeah, the Bishop of Narnia.


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