Rusubbicari was a Phoenician and Carthaginian colony and Roman town. It has been tentatively identified with ruins at Zemmouri El Bahri, Algeria.[1] The Roman town was in the province of Mauretania Caesariensis.[2][3][4]

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Coordinates36°48′N 3°34′E


The present name is a masculine plural noun, suggesting it may have originally consisted of two or three separate settlements. It seems to a latinization of a Phoenician name including the element rush (Punic: 𐤓‬𐤀𐤔‬, RʾŠ, "cape") and a local Berber placename.[5]


Rusubbicari was a Christian bishopric in late antiquity and is a Catholic titular see (Latin: Dioecesis Rusubbicarensis).[6]

List of bishops

  • At the 411 Carthage conference between Catholic baptists and Donatists of Roman Africa, the town was represented by the Donatist Costanzo as the diocese on that occasion had no Catholic bishops.
  • Paolino participated in the synod assembled in Carthage in 484 by the Vandal King Huneric, after which Paolino was exiled.
  • José da Silva Chaves (November 29, 1967 – May 14, 1976 appointed bishop of Uruaç)
  • Victor León Esteban San Miguel y Erce (May 31, 1976 – April 4, 1995 deceased)
  • Douglas William Young (14 April 2000 – 17 July 2006 appointed Archbishop of Mount Hagen)
  • Sergio Osvaldo Buenanueva (July 16, 2008 – May 31, 2013 appointed bishop of San Francisco)
  • Jose Puthenveettil, since August 23, 2013

Today Rusubbicari survives as a titular bishopric holder; The current bishop is Jose Puthenveettil, auxiliary bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly.[7]

See also



  1. Salama, Pierre. Sites commerciaux antiques sur le littoral de l’Algérois. In: Mélanges de l'École française de Rome. Antiquité, vol. 118, n°2. 2006. pp. 527-547.
  2. Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, (Leipzig, 1931) p. 468.
  3. Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, (Brescia, 1816) p. 267.
  4. J. Mesnage, L'Afrique chrétienne, (Paris, 1912) pp. 461–462.
  5. Lipiński (2004), p. 402.
  6. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), "Sedi titolari", pp. 819-1013
  7. Rusubbicarensis at