Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church

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Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Located at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square, San Francisco It is known as “The Italian Cathedral of the West,” and has served as the home church and cultural center for San Francisco’s Italian-American community since its consecration. The church is prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry (the Church, and nearby Dante Building, are the scene of sniper attacks by the “Scorpio Killer”) and The Dead Pool. Scenes from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments were filmed at the church while it was under construction. Parts of Sister Act 2 were also filmed here.

After their civil ceremony in 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio returned for photographs on the steps of this church. DiMaggio was married to Dorothy Arnold in the church on November 19, 1939, but later civilly divorced. Still married as far as the Church was concerned (having not obtained an annullment), he could not be married in the Catholic Church. In a side entrance, Sts. Peter and Paul Church still showcases a photo in a book displaying proudly DiMaggio’s marriage day photo-but with Arnold, not Monroe. DiMaggio’s funeral was held here on March 11, 1999, officiated by lifelong family friend and confidant, Armand Oliveri, S.D.B., who honors DiMaggio’s wishes by politely refusing all interviews or requests to discuss any intimate details of DiMaggio’s life.

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