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Santo Spirito alla Ferratella is a later 20th century parish and titular church, with a postal address at Via Rocco Scotellaro 11 in the Fonte Ostiense zone, south-east of EUR. The main entrance faces the Viale Cesare Pavese.

The dedication is to the Holy Spirit.

History Edit

The parish was erected in 1981, and given into the care of the Rosminians. Perhaps unusually for the period, the church was already under construction. It was designed by Ignazio Breccia Fratadocchi, and completed in the same year.

The church was made titular in 1988, and the present cardinal priest is Ivan Dias.

Exterior Edit

Layout and fabric Edit

The church is an essay at a Modernist building in reinforced concrete, as unlike a traditional church as possible.

The plan is of an almost square rectangle, its longer axis being longitudinal. This is divided along the major axis by a tall, narrow structure with semi-cylindrical ends, one semi-cylinder in between the twin entrances and the other forming the apse. This element has completely blank concrete walls with the shuttering marks showing, except for a row of small slit windows in the apse. Its roof is flat, with a skylight strip along the major axis.

The symmetrical lower elements of the edifice on either side of this structure each has a flat roof, and each roof is divided transversely along the middle by a concrete vane. This is continued just beyond the side wall to join a thin cylindrical free-standing tower bearing a cross of steel rods.

The side walls curve over at the top to form solid balustrades for these roofs. These walls also have prominent horizontal shuttering marks in the grey concrete.

Overall, the edifice has very few windows.

The detached campanile to the lower left is shaped like a tuning-fork, with a high rectangular concrete plinth having its short sides extended upwards as two thin concrete slabs. These are connected by five horizontal struts, each strut holding a bell.

Façade Edit

The church is set well back from the street, with a small urban park in front of it having grass and trees. There is a free-standing monumental concrete cross (just so that people realize that this is a church).

There are two identical monumental entrances either side of the front semi-cylinder, with T-shaped floating horizontal canopies having wide downwardly chamfered front edges. There are strip windows tucked under the curves of the side walls on each end of the façade.

Interior Edit

The interior is sort-of basilical in its layout, having a central nave with a high flat roof containing a skylight strip which gives most of the natural light in the interior. This roof tops a capsule-shaped void in rough concrete with no windows, which is divided midway by a horizontal concrete truss containing a large capsule-shaped hole.

The side aisles are flat-roofed, and rather dark. There are no supporting piers.

The sanctuary occupies the apse, which is raised on three steps and lit by five slit windows at the back.

Liturgy Edit

Mass is celebrated:

Weekdays 8:00 (7:45 in July and August), 18:00 (18:30 Saturdays; not in July and August);

Sundays and Solemnites 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 18:00 (18:30 in July and August).

External links Edit

Official diocesan web-page

Parish website

Info.roma web-page

Rosminian web-page (the parish website link is defunct.)

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