On Sunday 2 November the Feast of All Saints was celebrated in St Mark's Church in Florence. Besides being a time to remember departed loved ones and parishioners, this 70th anniversary year of the liberation of Italy was marked with special prayers for those who served and those who fell in that campaign.
|St Mark's Churchwarden Colonel Mark Ridley reading the first lesson|
Their Excellencies the Ambassadors of Canada and the UK were present for the occasion as well as military attachés to Italy from Poland, the UK, Canada, and the USA. The Archbishop of Florence was represented by Monsignor Timothy Verdon.
At the start of the service, St Mark's Florence Chaplain, Fr William Lister read a message sent for the occasion by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
|Canadian Ambassador Peter McGovern, Col. Newman, St Mark's Chaplain Fr William Lister, UK Ambassador Christopher Prentice|
|Mrs Sandra Annovazzi, with daughter-in-law Valeria and son Philip, with Fr William Lister|