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...

Pope: Rome suffering from decay and neglect

Bishop of Rome expresses concern for capital.Rome has become "a city of decay and neglect" according to Pope Francis who was speaking during a Mass for Corpus Christi in the Tiburtina district on 23 J...

5 must see Churches in Rome

When talking about traveling to Rome, it is almost impossible to avoid discussing the city’s magnificent churches. Understandably, churches such as St. Peter’s Basilica, The Basilica di Santa Maria...

Celebrating Easter in Rome

Guide to Holy Week and Easter in Rome and the Vatican in 2019. Holy Week, or Settimana Santa, the week of religious events leading to Easter, began on 14 April with Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of L...

Easter 2019: Rome church services in English

English-language religious services in Rome and the Vatican during Easter Week 2019. Vatican ceremonies  18 April. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass, Vatican Basilica, 09.30.19 April. Good Friday. Papal Mas...

Rome's Holy Stairs unveiled for first time in 300 years

For 60 days pilgrims in Rome can climb original marble stairs on their knees. Rome's Scala Santa or Holy Stairs - a sacred staircase which Christ is said to have ascended to be sentenced to crucifixi...

Pope Francis to visit Rome city hall

Francis will be fourth pope to visit Campidoglio. Pope Francis will visit Rome city council at the Campidoglio on 26 March, following an invitation from the capital's mayor Virginia Raggi. Francis w...

New PVC helmets for Swiss Guards

Swiss Guards replace cast iron helmets with lighter headgear.The Vatican's Swiss Guards have begun to replace their traditional cast iron helmets with much lighter headgear in PVC, produced with the a...

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...

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