Vatican Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Vatican to switch on Christmas tree lights on 5 December 2019. This year's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square will come from the centuries-old forests in northern Italy that were devastated by storm...

Italy to complete National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah

Italian culture minister sanctions €25 million to complete museum. Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini has sanctioned state funds of €25 million - cancelled by the previous government - to co...

Rome's Capuchin Crypt: Face to face with death

Skulls and bones of the Capuchin friars on Via Veneto in Rome. The vaults and walls of the crypt in the Capuchin Church of S. Maria della Concezione on Rome's Via Veneto are decorated with the bones...

Rome dedicates street to Elio Toaff

Rome honours former chief rabbi with street in Jewish Ghetto. Rome is to dedicate a street to Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome from 1951 until 2001, in the Jewish Ghetto district of the capital on...

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in Rome

Public holiday in Italy on 1 November 2019. All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, on Friday 1 November is a public holiday in Italy, meaning a long holiday weekend for most people. The annual holiday co...

Radio Maria creates identity card for Jesus

Religious radio station publishes carta d'identità for Jesus. Radio Maria, the Italian-based Catholic broadcaster, has caused controversy among its faithful followers after it posted a picture on soc...

St John Henry Newman and St Isidore's Rome

John Henry Newman's first sermon in Rome, soon after he arrived to study for the priesthood in 1846, raised eyebrows among Catholics and Protestants alike. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) ordained prie...

Fragments fall off St Peter's ceiling as Pope Francis says Mass

Nobody injured as fragments fell from ceiling of St Peter's. Fragments from the ceiling of St Peter's Basilica fell to the ground during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the afternoon of 4 Octobe...

Prince Charles to attend Newman canonisation in Rome

Prince of Wales to lead UK delegation to see John Henry Newman declared a saint. The Prince of Wales will attend the canonisation ceremony of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman at St Peter's Square i...

Man throws candelabra off main altar in St Peter's

Vatican police arrest man under Bernini's baldacchino. A man was arrested by Vatican gendarmes for throwing a candelabra off the main altar in St Peter's Basilica on the morning of 4 September. Th...

Pope late for Angelus after getting stuck in lift

Pontiff got stuck in a lift for 25 minutes. Pope Francis was late for the traditional midday appointment for the Angelus in St Peter's Square on 1 September, after getting stuck in an elevator for 25...

Rome hosts Europe's largest Mormon temple

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is situated 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 op...

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as Vatican spokesman

Matteo Bruni takes over from the Holy See's interim press spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. Pope Francis has appointed British-born Matteo Bruni as new director of the Holy See's press office, effective...

Vatican to examine bones in Orlandi case

Two ossuaries found under the Teutonic College in Vatican City will be examined forensically on 20 July. The Vatican is to carry out forensic tests on bones discovered during new excavations in the o...

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 15-29 July. Central to the festival, which dates ba...
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