About the Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite:The church was built under the pontificate of Stephen II (752-757) and was then completed by his brother Paul I who entrusted it to the Benedictines. The church of San Silvestro was granted to the English Catholics by Pope Leo XIII in 1890, and is now served by Irish Pallottine Fathers.
Mass is regularly celebrated in the English language.
Three Popes (Pope Sylvester I, Pope Stephen I and Pope Dionysius) and a saint (Saint Tarcisius) are buried underneath the floor in the crypt area.
Tarsicius was an acolite or perhaps a deacon at Rome. He was accosted and beaten to death on the Appian Way by a mob while carrying the Eucharist to some Christians in prison. Tarsicius is the patron of first communicants and his feast day is August 15.
In addition, there is a fragment of the skull of Saint John the Baptist on display (you will see it in a reliquary in a side chapel on the left) .
Finding San Silvestro in Capite:
The entrance is on the Piazza San Silvestro and on the exterior are statues of San Silvestro, Saint Stephen, Saint Clare and Saint Francis. There is a lovely courtyard as you enter in to the church.
Address: Piazza di San Silvestro, 17A, 00100 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 697 7121 Fax: +39 06-697 99740
Email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Basilica of San Silvestro in Capite (in Italian, with English option).