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...

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...
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