San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali

The Church of Saint Frumentius at the Prati Fiscali (Italian: San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali, Latin: S. Frumentii ad Prata Fiscalia) is a Roman Catholic titular church in Rome, built as a parish church. On 28 June 1988 Pope John Paul II granted it a titular church as a seat for Cardinals.[1]

Church of Saint Frumentius ai Prati Fiscali
San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali (in Italian)
S. Frumentii ad Prata Fiscalia (in Latin)
AffiliationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusTitular church
LeadershipAlexandre José Maria dos Santos
Year consecrated1994
LocationVia Cavriglia 8, Rome, Italy
San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali is located in Rome
San Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali
Shown within Rome
Geographic coordinates41°56′48.28″N 12°31′03.20″E / 41.9467444°N 12.5175556°E / 41.9467444; 12.5175556Coordinates: 41°56′48.28″N 12°31′03.20″E / 41.9467444°N 12.5175556°E / 41.9467444; 12.5175556
Architect(s)Eugene Abruzzini
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The present Cardinal Priest of the Titulus San Frumentii ad Prata Fiscalia is Alexandre José Maria dos Santos.

The church is named for Frumentius, a 4th-century Phoenician missionary who is credited with introducing Christianity to the Kingdom of Aksum (Ethiopia).[2][3] "Prati Fiscali" is the name of the area, deriving from an estate located north of the Aniene; the name literally means "Meadows of Tax", but this would appear to be a corruption of Filiscari or Flescari, a word of unclear meaning that appears in 10th-century documents.[4][5][6]


The church is semi-circular in shape. The apse is decorated with a series of seven icons, done by Luciana Siotto, which form Deesis at with the centre is the icon of Christ on the throne, to his right are icons depicting the Virgin Mary, the Archangel Michael and St. Peter. To the left are the icons depicting St. John the Baptist, the Archangel Gabriel and St. Paul.

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  1. ^ Cardinal Title S. Frumenzio ai Prati Fiscali
  2. ^ "St. Frumentius of Ethiopia". Catholic News Agency.
  3. ^ "Saint Frumentius | Ethiopian bishop". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  4. ^ "I nomi più belli dei quartieri di Roma". Il Post. May 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Bonomo, Bruno (May 11, 2007). Il quartiere delle Valli: costruire Roma nel secondo dopoguerra. FrancoAngeli. ISBN 9788846488114 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ patria, Società romana di storia (May 11, 1980). "Archivio della Società romana di storia patria" – via Google Books.