This July marks the eightieth anniversary of the sinking of the Arandora Star. This converted cruise ship was carrying around 1500 Italian, Austrian and German internees and ‘enemy aliens’ to Canada when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland on the 2nd of July 1940. Over 800 people lost their lives, the majority of whom were Italians.
Here at the Cathedral we are privileged to have a memorial to the Italian community from South Wales who lost their lives. Next Sunday, Archbishop George will preside at the 11:00am Sunday Mass, which will include the solemn commemoration and blessing of the memorial.