The Italian Almanac

a view of St. Petersburg

Italian News - June 11

Italians in St. Petersburg will be able to celebrate Catholic masses in the language of Dante every Sunday this summer in St. Catherine's Church at 32/34 Nevsky Prospekt.

Italians love to visit the city whose appearance is heavily influenced by classical forms and the work of architects of Italian origin including Rastrelli, Quarenghi and Rossi. However, until this summer they could not attend mass in their own language.

The masses, which started last Sunday and continue until September, are being held on the initiative of the Italian Consulate as a result of numerous requests from Italian tourists.

Services in Italian will also be good news for the about 110 Italians, who live permanently in the city, working as businessmen, culture experts and teachers. Father Fiorenzo Reati, who will conduct the Italian masses every Sunday at 8 p.m., said he was glad the consulate came up with the initiative.