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Church of San Vincenzo dei Paoli

The church of San Vincenzo de Paoli is part of the complex belonging to the Collegio Alberoni. Inside are fine frescoes painted by Luciano Ricchetti in 1948. Ricchetti's frescoes tell a story round the walls of the church.
Some scenes remember the Anglo-American soldiers, held prisoner here in the College during the Second World War by the Italian Army. The College had been requisitioned and turned into Prisoner of War Camp no. 29. The story of these officers was told by the film director Anthony Minghella in the film "The English Patient" in 1997.
In the centre of the painting is a decoration divided into three sections on the theme of Pacification. In the central section above, St Peter with the keys, and under him two angels over the figure of Pope Pius XII.
On the Pope's left, a group of soldiers, Germans, British, Italians and other nationalities, lay down their arms and draw close to the Pope. The same attitude of supplication is found in the group of men, women and children on the right.
The church has other important frescoes by Ricchetti.
In the centre of the apse Jesus is crucified with the Madonna and St John on each side, above is God the Father and the dove of the Holy Spirit.
Over the arch leading into the presbytery are the stylised symbols of the Evangelists; then the figures of the Apostles in a field of wheat. On the vaults over the altar, scenes in the life of the seminary.
The four side chapels are decorated with frescoes of St Joseph the carpenter, the Madonna appearing to the Vincentian Sister St Catherine Labouré, St Vincent de Paul preaching from the pulpit, the Curé d'Ars - St John Mary Vienney, protector of priests - in prayer.

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