Rome celebrates its patron saints Peter and Paul with public holiday

Rome marks Festa di SS. Pietro e Paolo on 29 June.   Rome celebrates its patron saints, Peter and Paul, with a public holiday in the Italian capital on Tuesday 29 June, with many Romans taking Monday...

The day Pope John Paul II was shot in St Peter's Square

40 years ago today gun shots in Rome rang out around the world. Today is the 40th anniversary of the near-fatal assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, an event that stunned the world. On the...

Pope Francis resumes weekly in-person audiences with the faithful

Faithful can begin attending papal audience in person from 12 May. Pope Francis will resume his weekly in-person audience with the faithful, beginning on Wednesday 12 May, the Vatican press office ha...

Vatican to swear in new Swiss Guards on 6 May

Swiss Guards celebrate 515 years in 2021. The Vatican will hold its annual ceremony to swear-in new recruits into the Swiss Guards, the world's smallest army, on Thursday 6 May. The pomp-filled ev...

Pope's Easter schedule changes for second year due to covid-19

Vatican changes schedule of 2021 Holy Week ceremonies due to Italy's covid-19 restrictions. The Holy Week and Easter ceremonies presided over by Pope Francis have been changed in line with covid-19 r...

Vatican says church cannot bless same-sex unions

God "cannot bless sin" said Vatican's doctrinal office. The Vatican has ruled that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions, saying that God "does not and cannot bless sin...

Rome hosts Europe's largest Mormon temple

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is near Porta di Roma. Europe's largest Mormon temple can be found in the north-east fringe of Rome, just inside the city's ring road, where it opened in e...

Vatican Radio celebrates 90 years

Pope Francis sends best wishes to Vatican Radio staff on milestone anniversary. Vatican Radio celebrates its 90th anniversary today, 12 February, with Pope Francis encouraging its staff to continue t...

Pope Francis will not baptise babies in Sistine Chapel due to covid-19

Baptisms will take place in babies' home parishes instead of Vatican. Pope Francis will not carry out the traditional baptism of babies on Sunday 10 January due to concerns over covid-19, the Vatican...

Pope Francis to miss New Year ceremonies due to sciatic pain

Vatican Secretary of State to celebrate New Year's Day Mass instead of Pope Francis. Pope Francis will not preside over the Vatican's New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations due to "painful sc...

Rome's Christmas religious services and Masses in English

English-language religious services in Rome during the Christmas season will be different in 2020 due to the covid-19 crisis, with protocols such as social distancing, masks and limited numbers applyi...

Vatican: Pope moves Christmas blessing indoors due to covid-19

Pope will not read Urbi et Orbi message from the balcony of St Peter's this year. Pope Francis will deliver his traditional Christmas message indoors this year instead of from the outdoor central bal...

Pope Francis turns 84 today

Pope Francis turns 84 today.  Born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936, the son of Italian emigrants, Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrates his birthday at the Vatican by going about his ordinary life. ...

Italy: 'Bad omen' as blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy

The blood of Naples' patron saint has failed to liquefy, causing unease among some superstitious Neapolitans who see it as a bad omen.The blood of S. Gennaro, the patron of Naples, failed to liquefy o...

Vatican 'Darth Vader' Nativity scene lampooned

Nativity scene in St Peter's Square sparks widespread criticism.The Vatican's unconventional Nativity scene in St Peter's Square has provoked a wave of criticism in the press and has been ridiculed wi...
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