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Marche Pontificale

Pontifical Anthem

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The Marche Pontificale (Pontifical Anthem) has a somewhat unique position among the anthems of the world, in that it is the anthem of a person (the pope), which also serves, secondarily, as the anthem of the Holy See (the name for the international institutions of the Catholic Church), and which, finally, also serves as the anthem of the Vatican City state. Even in this capacity, the Vatican emphasises that it is "not to be understood as a national anthem".

The lyrics are also technically unofficial, yet commonly used. They were written by Antonio Allegra in 1949, at the time when the anthem was officially adopted by the church.



Roma immortale di Martiri e di Santi,
Roma immortale accogli i nostri canti:
Gloria nei cieli a Dio nostro Signore,
Pace ai Fedeli, di Cristo nell’amore.

A Te veniamo, Angelico Pastore,
In Te vediamo il mite Redentore,
Erede Santo di vera e santa Fede;
Conforto e vanto a chi combatte e crede,

Non prevarranno la forza ed il terrore,
Ma regneranno la VeritĂ , l’Amore.


O Rome immortal of Martyrs and Saints,
O immortal Rome, accept our praises:
Glory in the heavens to God our Lord,
And peace to men who love Christ!

To You we come, Angelic Pastor,
In You we see the gentle Redeemer,
The Holy Heir of true and holy Faith;
Comfort and refuge of those who believe and fight.

Force and terror will not prevail,
But Truth and Love will reign.


Charles Gounod
Antonio Allegra
Written: 1869; Adopted: 1949
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