Europe's largest Mormon temple opens in Rome

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens near Porta di Roma. Europe's largest Mormon temple has opened in the north-east fringe of Rome, just inside the city's ring road, following a decade...

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and deputy resign

Vatican spokesman and deputy stand down abruptly on New Year's Eve. Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia Ovejero, according to an an...

Vatican illuminates St Peter's Basilica with led lights

Vatican to inaugurate new energy-saving led lighting scheme on 25 January. The Vatican has installed a new led lighting system in the interior of St Peter's Basilica following a two-year project carr...

Roman Forum church reopens for Christmas after roof collapse

Roof of 16th-century church at Roman Forum collapsed last summer. The central Rome church of S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami, whose roof collapsed on 30 August, will reopen to visitors during the Christmas...

Christmas church services in English in Rome

English-language religious services in Rome over Christmas 2018. All Saints' Anglican ChurchVia del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881.24 Dec. Crib Service for children 17.00, First Eucharist of Christma...

Christmas cribs and Nativity scenes in Rome

Rome hosts a variety of Christmas cribs and Nativity scenes, from traditional to unconventional, during the festive season each year. 100 Presepi The 2018 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's internatio...

Vatican unveils giant Nativity scene made of sand

Nativity scene in St Peter's Square is break with tradition for Vatican. The Vatican has unveiled a giant Nativity scene which was built using 720 tons of compacted sand from Jesolo near Venice.Profe...

Rome's 100 Presepi crib exhibition moves to Vatican

43rd edition of Christmas crib exhibition to be held on Via della Conciliazione from 7 December until 13 January 2019.The 2018 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international nativity crib exhibition, mo...

Pope Francis raffles his white Lamborghini

Pope's Lamborghini is prize in online fundraising campaign for charity. Pope Francis has put his white Lamborghini sports car up for raffle a second time after the final bidder at a previous charity...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Rome

Pope Francis will visit Rome's Spanish Steps during national public holiday on 8 December.On the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday 8 December, Pope Francis will pay homage to the Virgin M...

New illumination for Michelangelo's Pietà

Vatican installs new lighting system for Michelangelo sculpture in St Peter's. The Pietà, Michelangelo's marble masterpiece in St Peter's Basilica, has been illuminated using new LED lights with warm...

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in Rome 2018

Public holiday in Italy on 1 November.All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, on Thursday 1 November is a public holiday in Italy, resulting in the closure of offices and schools, with Rome's public transport...

Pope prays with young people at Circus Maximus

Notte Bianca at 19 Rome churches on night of 11 August. Pope Francis will hold a prayer vigil at Rome's Circus Maximus on the evening of Saturday 11 August ahead of October's Synod of Bishops on Youn...

Festa de’ Noantri: ancient Roman festival in Trastevere

Ancient religious festival held in Rome's Trastevere every July. The annual Festa de’ Noantri takes place in the Rome district of Trastevere from 16-30 July. Central to the festival, which dates ba...

New PVC helmets for Swiss Guards

Lighter headgear to replace Swiss Guards' cast iron helmets in 2019.The Vatican's Swiss Guards plan to replace their traditional cast iron helmets with much lighter headgear in PVC, produced with the...

Fra Angelico tomb vandalised in Rome

Rome religious art affected by recent wave of vandalism and theft.The marble tomb of the Early Italian Renaissance painter Blessed Fra Angelico has been vandalised at the church of S. Maria sopra Mine...

Kosher controversy over Roman artichokes

Israeli rabbis say Rome's carciofi alla giudia not kosher. Rome's Jewish community is contesting a ruling by the Israeli rabbinate which says that carciofi alla giudia, a signature Roman-Jewish dish,...

Easter in Rome 2018

Heavy security and free museums in Rome for Easter 2018. Easter in Rome is taking place amid tight security in the centre and the Vatican, particularly surrounding religious ceremonies for Holy Week....

Ceiling plaster falls in St Peter's

Basilica is partially sealed-off but remains open to visitors.The Vatican has sealed off part of St Peter’s Basilica after chunks of stucco fell from the ceiling during visiting time on the afternoon...

Easter 2018: Rome church services in English

English-language religious services in Rome during Easter Week.VATICAN CEREMONIES29 March. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass, Vatican Basilica, 09.30.30 March. Good Friday. Papal Mass, Vatican Basilica 17.00...

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