I.- BADIE (Badac, Badiae, Badias or
Ad Badias) was a region and a city located in the region of Numidia,
to the South of the Aures Mountains in Algeria. Today it is known
as Bades and vestiges of old ruins can still be seen. It was an
important military vanguard post from the second half of the 2nd
century in the Roman Empire. About the middle of the 3rd century
it already had a bishop. Following are the names of some of them:
- Dativus attended the Council of Carthage in the year 256 (see
St. Augustine, De Baptismo VI, 22, 28; PL 43, 211).
- Pancratius Badiensis attended the Council of Carthage in 411
on Donatism. He was a Donatist.
- Potentius Badiensis was, perhaps, another Catholic bishop also
present at the Council of Carthage.
- Rufinianus and Proficius, bishops "Vaudenses" attended,
in 484, a Council convoked by vandal King Hunneric.
- At the beginning of the 7th century, Badie had a Byzantine bishop,
if "Badese" can be identified with the Bades of Jorge
de Chipre (Descriptio Orbis Romani, Ed. By Galzer, 1890, pag. 34)
II.- More information about the ancient Diocese
of Badie can be found in: Toulotte (Geographie de l'Afrique
Chretienne, Paris 1894, pp. 52-53); also in T. Mesnage, (L'Afrique
Chretienne. Eveches et Ruines Antiques, Paris 1912, pag.253).
- Bades, located to the south of the Aures Mountains between
Ad Medias and Thabudaeos, some 25 miles from Ad Medias and
23 miles from Thabudaeos.
- Tolomeus named it Badias. It was on top of a hill and on
the left bank of Oued-El-Arabi River.
- Still today, (1894) there are local traditions that mention
old monasteries. ????
- Leo the Wise states that Badie still had a bishop in the
(Note: This information was obtained by Father Angel Martínez
Cuesta, O.A.R., Chronist Historian of the Order of Augustinian