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Edoardo Fanfani

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The Virgin Mary and her role in Anglicanism.
Anglicans, but also our fellow Christians, may often wonder what is the role of Mary within the Anglican Communion. The role of Mary, the Virgin and Mother of our God as most Christians define her, could in fact not find a vaguer position than in the Anglic...

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Reflection about the Manchester attack.
Jesus constantly reminds us of forgiveness in Scripture, this message of salvation goes all the way back to the Old Testament, in the Book of Daniel we are reminded how "the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him". ...

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Florence's Spedale degli Innocenti, beauty for good.
The Spedale degli Innocenti, sitting elegantly on the beautiful Piazza della Santissima Annunziata in Florence is certainly one of the most renowned Italian landmarks and a staple of Western architecture. I recently visited this wonderful space, shortly aft...

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Raphael's Birthday.
Forgive me in advancement for the long post, but today is the birthday of Raphael, one of the most influential artist who ever lived.  He started his career in Urbino in what is now the region of Le Marche, then one of the most important centres of the Rena...

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Florentine glory: the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in Sant'Ambrogio.
The greatest miracle happens every day at the altar, it is important to remember that it is the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ who is present in his flesh and blood at all times in this great gift that Christ has bestowed on us, a unique act of love. If...

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Historical visit of the Pope to an Anglican church in the Eternal City.
Today my parish church, All Saints' Anglican Church in Rome, had the pleasure to welcome Pope Francis himself. Needless to say it was a remarkable occasion, the first of its kind, before today Popes had only visited Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster. The...

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History in the making in Italy. Anglicans and Catholics at work together.
Following 50 years of ecumenical partnership between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, culminating in last October's  events  in Rome, the next few weeks will once mark historical occasions that will tighten the bonds between the two gre...

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Feast of Saint Scholastica.
Almighty God, by whose grace Scholastica, enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in the Church: inflame us with the same spirit of discipline and love, that we may ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus ...

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William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr.
Keep us, O Lord,  constant in faith and zealous in witness,  that, like thy servant William Laud,  we may live in thy fear, die in thy favor,  and rest in thy peace;  for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,  who liveth and reigneth with thee and the ...

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An Italian celebration of Christmas.
Today not many are aware that Christmas does not end on December 25th, but it goes on for twelve nights! To say the truth we can say it lasts until Candlemass, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus to the Temple at the end of Epiphany Season, we could say ...
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