Papal message for liberation of Rome thanksgiving service


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Bishop Paul Mason, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Buendia and the Papal message read  at the Liberation of Rome Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Church of St Michael & St George on 15 June

Bishop of the Armed Forces Paul Mason read out the text of a Papal message sent for the thanksgiving service in the Cathedral Church of St Michael & St George on 15 June to mark the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Rome and end of the blockade of Vatican City.

“His Holiness Pope Francis, informed of the commemoration service to mark the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Rome to take place in the Cathedral of St Michael & St George, Aldershot, has asked me to convey his greetings of good wishes to all gathered for this occasion,” the message said. “In remembering this significant event, His Holiness assures those taking part in this service of his spiritual closeness and prays that Almighty God will guide and sustain them in working for peace and reconciliation.

The Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing to all those gathered for this anniversary and, through the intercession of the Mother of God, invokes an abundance of Divine Grace. Miguel Maury Buendia. Apostolic Nuncio.”

Archbishop Buendia attended the service in person to deliver a statement at the event.

The service was led by Bishop Mason with support of the Cathedral’s dean Father Nick Gosnell.

Personal statements about the events leading to the liberation of Rome on 4 June were delivered by Edmund  O’Sullivan, son of London Irish Rifles Colour Sergeant Ted O’Sullivan; David Sands of the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society; Andrew Deakin of the Monte Cassino Society and Jenny Grant, the granddaughter of a II Polish Corps soldier who served in the Italian campaign. This was read in her absence due to sickness by Andre Adamson, the son of Polish Corps veteran.

The scripture reading was delivered by Mark Howard, the grandson of a 78 Division Italian Campaign veteran and photographer.


 

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