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NEWS

Cancelled: Pope Francis’ visit to Florence

Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his visit to Florence on Sunday due to acute knee pain, reports the Vatican’s press office.

COMMUNITY

Where to worship in Florence

Florence is filled with churches and religious centres to embrace all faiths. Here’s a round-up of English-speaking services. Agape Protestant United Church. Services at 4pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday ...

NEWS

Honoring Giorgio La Pira’s legacy at the 2022 Meeting of Mediterranean Bishops and Mayors

Giorgio La Pira’s legacy will again be in the mind of all those at the Meeting of Mediterranean Bishops and Mayors in Florence in February.

COMMUNITY

St. Mark’s English Church

To encourage trade through the port of Livorno, Grand Duke Ferdinand I de’ Medici passed an edict in 1595 that allowed freedom of religion to all merchants. Soon, an English ...

COMMUNITY

Welcoming words with Reverend Richard Easterling

It was the sunniest of Florentine mornings when I sat down in the vestry with Reverend Richard Easterling and his husband David Wohlgemuth. Richard is the new priest-in-charge of St. ...

COMMUNITY

The Great Synagogue and the Jewish Community of Florence

Standing on the piazzale Michelangelo on a painterly grey afternoon, I see an oxidized green dome not quite towering above the rest, just being “present”. I wonder about its construction, ...

COMMUNITY

Quakers in Florence

It’s a sunny-but-chilly winter morning in Florence and a small group of Quakers—formally known as the Religious Society of Friends—is warming up inside Sylvia Hetzel’s apartment. The fledgling family, founded ...

COMMUNITY

Jewish Florence: synagogues, kosher cooking and cemeteries

Florence’s Jewish community continues to flourish, welcoming locals and tourists to participate in events and cultural rites that are embedded into the city’s fabric. Here is The Florentine’s guide to Jewish Florence, from the remains of the ghetto to the synagogue, kosher food and hidden cemeteries.

THINGS TO DO

Easter 2017 in Florence: what to do, where to worship

Shop windows are stacked high with chocolate eggs, colomba cakes are crowding supermarket shelves and spring is in full swing: it must be Easter in Florence! From the most somber moments of Holy ...

ART + CULTURE

The Russian church

You are approaching the Russian church when you glimpse one central onion-shaped dome and four smaller ones with turquoise, green and white majolica.

THINGS TO DO

Christmas church services in English in Florence, Italy: 2015

If you’re celebrating Christmas in Florence this year and attending mass is important to you, here are the dates and times of the services at the city’s English-speaking churches. Buon ...

COMMUNITY

Fr. Kramer Cameron: a chat with Florence’s Canadian priest

Fr. Kramer Cameron is a priest for the English-speaking community in Florence based at the Romanesque church of Santi Apostoli.

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