Sant'Angelo in Pescheria

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The façade of the church.

Sant'Angelo in Pescheria or in Piscaria is a church in Rome. It dates from the 8th century. "In Pescheria" refers to its location close to the fish market built in the ruins of the ancient Porticus Octaviae.

The relics of St. Symphorosa and her seven sons were transferred to the Church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria at Rome by Pope Stephen II in 752. A sarcophagus was found here in 1610, bearing the inscription: Hic requiescunt corpora SS. Martyrum Simforosae, viri sui Zotici (Getulii) et Filiorum ejus a Stephano Papa translata. This inscription refers to Saint Getulius and Saint Symphorosa, purported to be husband and wife, who had seven sons, who were also martyred.[1] The remains of these saints were transferred to Sant'Angelo by Pope Stephen II in 752.[2]

The revolutionary "tribune" Cola di Rienzo was born near Sant'Angelo. He launched his effort to seize control of Rome from the vicinity of the church in 1347.

The Roman Ghetto was established nearby in the rione Sant'Angelo in 1555 by order of Pope Paul V. The Ghetto was abolished in 1870 after the reunification of Italy or Risorgimento, and the Ghetto wall was demolished in 1888. The rione Sant'Angelo, Rome, numbered as XI, is named for the church.

The inscriptions found in S. Angelo, a valuable source illustrating the history of the Basilica, have been collected and published by Vincenzo Forcella.[3]

In the second chapel to the left inside the church are frescoes of the Madonna with Child and Angels attributed to Benozzo Gozzoli (c. 1450).

Cardinal-Deacons[edit]


  • Carlo Gualterio † (14 Nov 1667 Appointed - 12 Mar 1668 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin)
  • Angelo Celsi † (14 May 1668 Appointed - 6 Nov 1671 Died)
  • Felice Rospigliosi † (17 Jul 1673 Appointed - 12 Jan 1685 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Eustachio)
  • Gianfrancesco Ginetti † (12 Jan 1682 Appointed - 28 Nov 1689 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of San Nicola in Carcere)
  • Gasparo Cavalieri † (28 Nov 1689 Appointed - 17 Aug 1690 Died)
  • Francesco Barberini (Jr.) † (27 Nov 1690 Installed - 6 May 1715 Appointed, Cardinal-Priest of San Bernardo alle Terme)
  • Carlo Colonna † (6 May 1715 Appointed - 24 Jul 1730 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Agata de’ Goti)
  • Prospero Colonna † (16 Nov 1739 Installed - 4 Mar 1743 Died)
  • Girolamo Colonna di Sciarra † (2 Dec 1743 Installed - )
  • Flavio Chigi (Jr.) † (26 Nov 1753 Appointed - 12 Feb 1759 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Portico (Campitelli))
  • Andrea Corsini † (19 Nov 1759 Installed - )
  • Francesco d’Elci † (10 May 1773 Installed - 4 Apr 1787 Died)
  • Vincenzo Maria Altieri † (23 Apr 1787 Appointed - 10 Mar 1788 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Eustachio)
  • Raniero Finocchietti † (10 Mar 1788 Installed - 30 Mar 1789 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Agata de’ Goti)
  • Fernando Spinelli † (3 Aug 1789 Appointed - )
  • Filippo Campanelli † (29 Nov 1790 Appointed - 26 Sep 1791 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio)
  • Fabrizio Dionigi Ruffo † (12 Sep 1794 Installed - 11 Aug 1800 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Cosmedin)
  • Alphonse-Hubert de Latier de Bayane † (9 Aug 1802 Appointed - 27 Jul 1818 Died)
  • Domenico De Simone † (15 Mar 1830 Appointed - 9 Nov 1837 Died)
  • Luigi Ciacchi † (12 Feb 1838 Appointed - 17 Dec 1865 Died)
  • Lorenzo Nina † (20 Mar 1877 Appointed - 28 Feb 1879 Appointed, Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Trastevere)
  • Frédéric de Falloux du Coudray † (12 May 1879 Appointed - 22 Jun 1884 Died)
  • Isidoro Verga † (13 Nov 1884 Appointed - 1 Jun 1891 Appointed, Cardinal-Deacon of Santa Maria in Via Lata)
  • Filippo Giustini † (25 May 1914 Appointed - 18 Mar 1920 Died)
  • Aurelio Galli † (20 Dec 1923 Appointed - 26 Mar 1929 Died)
  • Pietro Boetto, S.J. † (16 Dec 1935 Appointed - 31 Jan 1946 Died)
  • Augusto Álvaro da Silva † (15 Jan 1953 Appointed - 14 Aug 1968 Died)
  • Elio Sgreccia (20 Nov 2010 Appointed - )

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Getulio [in Italian] Beware! Site does not allow backclick.
  2. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Saint Symphorosa
  3. ^ V. Forcella, Inscrizioni delle chese e d' altre edifici di Roma, dal secolo XI fino al secolo XVI Volume IV (Roma: Fratelli Bencini, 1874), pp. 99-113.
  4. ^ Carvajal continued to hold the Deaconry in commendam until his death in 1469. S. Miranda, The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church: Carvajal, Juan Retrieved: 2016-11-22.

Bibliography[edit]

Conradus Eubel, Hierarchia catholica medii aevi Tomus I, editio altera (Monasterii 1913), p. 49; Tomus II, editio altera (Monasterii 1914), p. 66 Tomus III (Monasterii 1923), p. 72. [lists of Cardinal-Deacons]

Coordinates: 41°53′34″N 12°28′43″E / 41.8927°N 12.4787°E / 41.8927; 12.4787