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Iter Europaeum: Follow the walkway of European churches in Rome to celebrate 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the European Union and the Holy See

The Iter Europaeum aims to show and enhance the deep links between the European Union and its 27 Member States, and the Holy See. For the walkway, each country has chosen a church to which it is particularly attached to for historical reasons or because of the links with their community in Rome.

The Iter Europaeum is a project of the EU Delegation, in collaboration with the EU Member States’ Embassies accredited to the Holy See. It will be launched on 9 May 2021 in Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, with a Holy Mass celebrated by H.E. Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of His Holiness. Mr Egils Levits, President of Latvia, will be present. 

The launch will coincide with Europe Day, celebrated every year on 9 May and dedicated to Robert Schuman, the main architect of the agreement that led to the establishment of the European Communities in 1957.

The Holy Mass, celebrated at 12:00 on 9May by H.E. Cardinal De Donatis, will be followed by a visit to the nearby Basilica Santi Quattro Coronati selected by Latvia. The walkway will continue with a visit to the Basilica San Clemente, chosen by Czechia, and conclude at the nearby Hungarian Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo al Celio, ending the section of the walkway on 9May.

The Iter Europaeum will continue until 27 June 2021. Each Sunday, there will be liturgical celebrations, concerts and guided tours at the selected churches and basilicas. Due to the restrictions in place to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, participation on Sundays will be by invitation only. All media are invited to participate.

Members of the public will be able to take the walkway at any other time during the opening hours of the churches, with the map and guidebook that can be found on In the churches, visitors will find totems explaining the history of the relationship of the Member State and the Holy See, as well as, with the selected church. The totems will remain on display for several months.

The dedicated website will go live on 9 May 2021

For specific events of Member States, please contact Embassies directly.

Each Sunday will be dedicated to a number of countries as listed below:

16 May

Portugal - Sant’Antonio dei Portoghesi

Romania - San Salvatore alle Coppelle

France - San Luigi dei Francesi

23 May

Cyprus & Greece - San Teodoro in Palatino

Spain - San Pietro in Montorio

Malta - Santa Maria del Priorato

30 May

Croatia - San Girolamo dei Croati

Ireland - Sant’Isidoro a Capo le Case

Germany - Chiesa Evangelica Luterana

6 June

Poland - Santo Stanislao dei Polacchi

Lithuania -  Chiesa del Gesù

Finland - Santa Maria sopra Minerva

13 June

Bulgaria - San Paolo alla Regola

Belgium - San Giuliano dei Fiamminghi

Sweden - Santa Brigida

Austria - Santa Maria dell’Anima

20 June

Italy - Santa Maria degli Angeli

Luxembourg - Sacro Cuore di Gesù

Slovenia - Santa Maria Maggiore

27 June

European Union, Denmark, Estonia - Campo Santo Teutonico

Netherlands - Santi Michele e Magno

Slovakia - Pontificio collegio Slovacco dei Santi Cirillo e Metodio