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Opening hours

  • From monday
    to saturday 09.00 - 13.00 / 15.30 - 17.30
  • Sunday 9.00 - 13.00 / 18.30 - 20.00

Services

  • Holy Mass sunday and holidays 11.30 / 19.00
  • Prayer of the Community of Sant'Egidio from monday to saturday 20.30

Memorial of the New Martyrs

In 1999, anticipating the celebration of the Jubilee 2000, Pope John Paul II created a Commission to the study the life and history of the New Christian Martyrs of the 20th Century. For two years the Commission worked in the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, collecting approximately 12,000 dossiers on martyrs and witnesses of faith from dioceses all around the world. Among the fruits of this study was the ecumenical prayer at the Coliseum, when the Pope gathered with several representatives of various Christian Churches during the Jubilee celebrations. The event revealed that the multitude of Christian believers killed or persecuted in the last century is like a continent still waiting to be explored, a heritage that all Christian denominations share.