Chiesa Santa Lucia del Gonfalone, Rome

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Santa Lucia del Gonfalone is a church in the diocese of Rome, Italy. It is located on Via dei Banchi Vecchi just one block south of Corso Vittorio Emanuele.List of Cardinal ProtectorsFrancesco Marchisano (2003 – 2014)Archconfraternity of the GonfaloneThe Archconfraternity of the Gonfalone was a group of white penitents (due to the colour of their robe) that were headquartered in the church. They were established in 1264 at Rome. St. Bonaventure, at that time Inquisitor-general of the Holy Office, prescribed the rules, and the white habit, with the name Recommendati B. V.This confraternity was erected in the Church of St. Mary Major by Pope Clement IV in 1265. The Confraternity subsumed four Confraternities that had been erected in Santa Maria in Aracoeli. It was raised to the rank of an archconfraternity, to which the rest were aggregated. The title of gonfalone, or standard-bearer, was acquired when the members elected a governor of Rome to represent the Avignon based Pope despite the violent opposition of aristocratic Roman families.Many privileges and churches were granted to this confraternity by succeeding pontiffs, the headquarters now being the church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone. The obligations of the members are to care for the sick, bury the dead, provide medical service for those unable to afford it, and give dowries to poor girls. What distinguishes these White Penitents from those other confraternities is the circle on the shoulder of the habit, within a cross of red and white.
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  • It's located in the very heart of the historic centre of Rome, in Via Dei Banchi Vecchi, very close to Piazza Navona and Piazza Farnese, where is the French Embassy. The origins of this very old...  more »
  • Just off the Via Giulia, you will find the church of Santa Lucia del Gonfalone which was built in 1511. The full dedication is to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Lucy, the 4th century martyr. St...  more »
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  • Dark interior on a rainy day with some impressive artworks and a surly caretaker who was indifferent until he saw I was "taking too many photographs" and stopped me "due to copyright issues"; apparently he was bored and saw in me a target to vent his misery on a rainy day. On a subsequent visit, the no photography rule was ascribed by the caretaker to a decision by the police!
  • Lovely church.

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