Rome: Church of San Francesco a Ripa
Located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Saint Francis. Although built on the foundations of an earlier church, the current structure was begun in 1603.
It was here that Saint Francis stayed when he visited Rome. You can see the cell where he slept, the rock that he used as a pillow (behind a grate).
Bernini sculpted this work of her in ecstacy in a small side chapel in the church.
Also in the Church you will find the tomb of Saint Charles of Sezze, a humble Franciscan Friar noted for his remarkable spirit of obedience, piety, love and charity towards all. He was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1959. We celebrate his feast day on January 18. His body is on display in a glass reliquary…it is not incorrupt, it is his skeleton covered in a wax likeness.
But that is not all….there are several Blessed and Venerables entombed here as well. You can find the complete list on their website.
The Church and Sanctuary are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and again from 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Weekday Masses are 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Finding the Church of San Francesco a Ripa:
Address: Piazza di S. Francesco d’Assisi, 88, 00153 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 581 9020 / + 39 06 580 3509
Click here for the official website of San Francesco a Ripa Grande (in Italian, use Google translate)