All Saints' Anglican Church, Rome
A growing Christian community in the heart of Rome finding and following Jesus in worship,
fellowship, study and service.
Facebook    Twitter
Listen to some organ music, played by Titular Organist, Gabriele Catalucci Listen to some organ music, played by Titular Organist, Gabriele Catalucci

Pope Francis will make a historic visit to the Church of England chaplaincy of All Saints, Rome on Sunday February 26th, the first pontiff to set foot inside an Anglican church in his own diocese as the Bishop of Rome.

During the afternoon encounter, the Holy Father will join the congregation for a short Choral Evensong service which includes the blessing of a specially commissioned icon and the twinning of All Saints with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, a Rome church with strong ecumenical ties.

The event comes as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations for All Saints which began with a small group of worshippers holding the first Church of England liturgy on October 27th 1816. The current church, close to the Spanish steps, was built over half a century later, designed by one of the most famous British architects of the Victorian era, George Edmund Street.

The church is part of the Diocese in Europe’s Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta which was recently granted legal recognition from the Italian State. Led by its chaplain, The Rev’d Canon Jonathan Boardman, and assistant chaplain, The Rev’d Dana English, All Saints’ is the largest Anglican congregation in Italy. Diocesan Bishop Robert Innes will be welcoming Pope Francis, together with his suffragan, Bishop David Hamid.

During the afternoon liturgy, which will take the form of a shortened Choral Evensong, Pope Francis will deliver a homily and afterwards he will answer questions from members of the congregation.

Notes for editors:
Located on the site of a former Augustinian convent, All Saints church was built during the 1880s. During the excavation of the site, two bronze heads, a mask of the emperor Nero and a head of leading Roman noblewoman, Agrippina the Elder, were discovered and later presented to Rome’s Capitoline Museums. The foundation stone was laid on Easter Day in 1882 and the first Eucharist was celebrated five years later on Easter Sunday 1887.The neo-Gothic church is noted for its white travertine spire, its marbled columns and arches, and its fine stained glass windows depicting the lives of the saints and martyrs. One of these windows portrays the English monk St Bede, from whose commentaries Pope Francis chose his own Episcopal motto.

The icon of St Saviour, which will be blessed during the papal visit, has been commissioned and made for the 200th anniversary by British artist Ian Knowles, director of the Bethlehem Icon Centre. It will be officially received by the congregation of All Saints during a Choral Evensong on Thursday February 23rd and placed in the south aisle of the church.

The Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the Via Appia Nuova is the titular church of Cardinal Walter Kasper, former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. On March 7th 1965, Pope Paul VI celebrated the first Mass in Italian there, following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

For further details, please contact:
Rev. Paul Needle, communications officer for the Diocese of Europe
Tel: +44 (0) 7712 463806, Email:
Philippa Hitchen, Warden of All Saints Rome
Tel: +39 338 1274914, Email:

Welcome to All Saints'

Ministering to a vital and growing Christian community of members, visitors and those in need in the heart of Rome

Explore our site to find out more about: worship and music at All Saints’, its history and art, opportunities to grow in faith for all ages, forthcoming events, getting married, and rental of our versatile event space.

Sermons, Music and news from the pews

Click here for last Sunday’s sermon, to see what music will be featured for the coming month and to read our monthly newsletter.


<February 2017>

Sunday Worship

8:30 a.m.
Said Eucharist (BCP). This is a traditional service of Holy Communion without music using a traditional Anglican liturgy dating from 1662. Occasionally it is replaced by said Morning Prayer.

10:30 a.m.
Sung Eucharist. The widest cross-section of our church family makes up the 10.30 congregation. This is normally a formal liturgical communion service but can sometimes be an all-age family worship. Children’s Sunday School is normally run at the same time as this service You are invited to stay for refreshments after the 10:30 a.m. service.

The Church Office operates between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday. For general queries please contact: +39 06 36001881 or send us an email on:
For emergencies outside regular office hours, please call +39 349 655 8844.

Charitable Giving

All Saints' is entirely self supporting and pledges 10% of its income in cash to charity. Some of the charities who have benefitted from our support are: Maseno Feeding Programme, Tanzania School Projects, St James Orphanage, Scottish Church of St Andrew Refugee Lunches, Samaritans and other local initiatives. In addition, we support numerous cultural initiatives. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing ministry at All Saints’, please give generously. Click here to read about some of the charities we help.

You may give online here:

Learning Together

  • Prayer and Bible Study for adults on Wednesdays at 12:45
  • Confirmation Classes are ongoing. For further information please refer to:
  • Sunday School for children (aged 3-16) during the 10:30 worship service


All Saints Church
Via del Babuino, 153
00187 - Rome, Italy
Facebook Visit our Facebook page

The Church Office operates between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday.
For general queries please contact:
+39 06 36001881 (Tel/fax and answering machine)
email on:

Emergencies outside office hours contact: +39 349 655 8844

Finding us

The church is located at Via del Babuino, 153, in the center of Rome. Via del Babuino runs from the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) to Piazza del Popolo. From the Spanish Steps (nearest metro "Spagna"), turn right towards Piazza del Popolo and the Church is on the left at number 153.

© 2015 Copyright All Saints' Church - Via del Babuino, 153 - 00187 Rome, Italy - Tel. +39 06.36001881 - Reserved Area