Rome reopens parish churches after one-day closure

Pope Francis urges priests not to abandon faithful in time of crisis. Rome’s parish churches have reopened to the faithful for private prayer after being closed for less than a day. Every church i...

Coronavirus: Rome closes all Catholic churches

Vicar of Rome orders closure of Rome's churches until 3 April. All Catholic churches in Rome have been closed to the faithful until 3 April, in line with Italy's total shutdown as the country battles...

Coronavirus: Rome churches cancel Mass

No Mass for the faithful in Rome churches until 3 April. The Diocese of Rome has ordered the immediate suspension of all Masses for the faithful in churches throughout the capital, as part of the V...

Pope Francis tests negative for Coronavirus

Pontiff cancels several appointments due to a cold. Pope Francis, who has cancelled numerous events in recent days due to a heavy cold, has reportedly tested negative for the Coronavirus, according t...

First Church in Rome closes due to Coronavirus

The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, famous for Caravaggio's masterpiece "The Calling of St Matthew", closed today due to "precautionary measures" after a 43-year-old priest was hospitalized...

Rome opens restored S. Maria sopra Minerva

Roman basilica near the Pantheon reopens on 18 February. Rome will reopen the Basilica di S. Maria sopra Minerva with a Mass at 18.00 on 18 February, the feast day of Blessed Fra Angelico, the Early...

Pope makes peace with woman he slapped

Pontiff had private meeting with woman after viral slapping incident. Pope Francis met the woman whose hand he slapped on New Year's Eve, several days after footage of the incident went viral. The...

Pope apologises after slapping woman's hand

Pontiff admits that even he sometimes loses his patience. Pope Francis has apologised for slapping a woman’s hand as he greeted pilgrims after visiting the Vatican's Nativity scene in St Peter's Squa...

Rome's Christmas church services in English: 2019

English-language religious services in Rome over Christmas 2019.All Saints' Anglican ChurchVia del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881.24 Dec. Crib Service 17.00, First Eucharist of Christmas 23.30.25 Dec....

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 2019 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international...

Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome

Pope Francis will visit Rome's Spanish Steps during national public holiday on 8 December. On the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday 8 December, Pope Francis will pay homage to the Virgin M...

World's largest cardboard crib in Rome

Rome Christmas crib with life-size figures in cardboard. Rome presents the world's largest Nativity scene made from cardboard, on display at the city hall's parish church of S. Marco Evangelista, jus...

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...
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