Swiss Guards: A brief history of the pope's army

Swiss Guards have protected popes for more than 500 years. Each year on 6 May the Vatican holds a pomp-filled ceremony to swear in new recruits into the Pontifical Swiss Guards, among the oldest stan...

Pope Francis washes feet of prisoners in Italian jail on Holy Thursday

Pontiff resumes Holy Thursday prison tradition for first time in two years. Pope Francis visited a prison near Rome to preside over a Holy Thursday Mass during which he washed and kissed the feet of...

Easter 2022: Rome church services in English

Guide to English-language religious services in Rome during Easter Week 2022. All Saints’ Anglican Church, Via del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881. 14 April. Maundy Thursday Eucharist. 19.00.15 April....

Ukrainian, Russian families carry cross in Good Friday ceremony at Colosseum

Via Crucis returns to Colosseum for first time in two years. A Ukrainian family and a Russian family will carry the cross together during one of the stations of the Via Crucis ceremony led by Pope Fr...

Easter in Rome: Via Crucis returns to Colosseum for Good Friday

Way of the Cross ceremony was last held at Colosseum in 2019. The Vatican will resume the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross ceremony led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum on Good Friday for the first tim...

Pope celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square for first time in two years

Faithful return to St Peter's Square for first Palm Sunday Mass since 2019. St Peter's Square has been filled with thousands of chairs for the first time in more than two years as the Vatican resumes...

Vatican to resume papal events in St Peter's Square

Via Crucis ceremony to take place at Colosseum on Good Friday. Papal events including the pope's weekly general audience are set to resume in Piazza S. Pietro after more than two years as Italy begin...

What did Pope Francis say in Italian TV interview?

Pontiff touched on several themes close to his papacy. Here are some of the main points. Pope Francis was a guest of the Italian television talk show Che tempo che fa on Sunday night, discussing a wi...

Italy names Rome mayor Jubilee 2025 commissioner

Italy News: Rome gets ready to host Jubilee Year 2025. Rome's centre-left mayor Roberto Gualtieri has been named 'extraordinary commissioner' for the Vatican's Jubilee Year 2025 in the Italian capita...

Pope slams couples for having pets instead of kids

Pontiff promotes adoption and laments "demographic winter." Pope Francis has returned to the theme of couples not having children, suggesting there is a "certain selfishness" in those who substitute...

Rome Christmas religious services and Masses in English

English-language religious services in Rome during the 2021 Christmas season. We have put together a list of the times of Christmas religious services and Masses in Rome for 2021. Covid-19 protoco...

100 Presepi: Rome's Christmas Crib exhibition in St Peter's

100 Presepi returns to colonnade of Piazza S. Pietro.The 2021 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international Nativity crib exhibition, takes place under the colonnade of St Peter's Square from 5 Decembe...

Urbi et Orbi: Christmas blessing from Pope Francis

Vatican publishes pope's Christmas schedule. Pope Francis will celebrate the 'Midnight Mass' on Christmas Eve at 19.30, the same time as last year. Covid protocols will be in place in St Peter's B...

Vatican lights up Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Christmas tree illuminated in Piazza S. Pietro on 10 December. The Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square was lit up under the rain on Friday evening. The 113-year-old tr...

Vatican Christmas tree arrives in St Peter's Square

Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Piazza S. Pietro on 10 December. The Vatican's Christmas tree, a 28m-high spruce from the northern Trentino region of Italy, arrived in St Peter's Square on Tuesda...

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