BSR visits Segni and Anagni in preparation for Becket2020

On Friday 14 February, the BSR led a delegation from the Vatican and Canterbury Cathedral on a visit to the historic towns of Segni and Anagni outside Rome as part of the preparations for the Becket2020 programme which will commemorate 850 years since Becket’s dramatic murder in Canterbury Cathedral. Less than 3 years later in 1173 St. Thomas Becket was canonised by Pope Alexander III in Segni at the church of Santa Lucia. Across the Sacco valley at Anagni at the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata an Oratory of St. Thomas Becket was later constructed on the site of an earlier Roman Mithraeum.

The Thomas Becket exhibition opens at the British Museum on 15 October and the transfer of the relic of his tunic from Rome to Canterbury in July will form the centrepiece of a range of bilateral UK-Vatican events on the subject of church-state relations, martyrdom and freedom of religion involving the BSR and partners.​

The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Rev. Dr. Robert Willis and Mon. Robert McCulloch outside the cathedral at Anagni with Director of the BSR, Prof. Stephen Milner and colleagues.