Remembering the victims of the Arandora Star

Archbishop George Stack is pictured with Fr. Andrea Bord of St. Mary’s Canton at the commemoration of the Arandora Star tragedy held at St. David’s Cathedral on Sunday 3 July.

The ship which was transporting hundreds of Italian and German men from Wales to Canada for internment during the Second World War was torpedoed by a German U boat on 2 July 1940 with an enormous loss of life.

The memorial in St. David’s Cathedral to the Italians who lived and worked in the Archdiocese of Cardiff was erected in 1970 by the Welsh/Italian Association.

Prayers for the repose of the souls of these victims were said during the Sung Mass at the Cathedral, marking the seventy sixth anniversary of the tragedy. Each name on the memorial was read out in conclusion of the prayers.

The ceremony was enhanced by the Festival of Flowers being held in the Cathedral that weekend.  The Italian community sponsored a stunning flower arrangement evoking the sea and the waves which was placed at the foot of the memorial.

The text accompanying the arrangement read: “God collects the waves of the ocean; He stores up the depths of the sea”.

The arrangement was created by T. Ducker, NAFAS Area Treasurer.

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