Speaking at a concert celebrating the groundbreaking for the new "Largo Cavalieri di Colombo" in Rome, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone thanked the Knights of Columbus for the more than 90 years of service the organization has given to the City of Rome and the Vatican. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Rome’s Mayor Giovanni Alemanno were among the attendees, and both also delivered remarks on the Knights’ long-standing relationship with Rome.
“I wish to express my gratitude to Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson and fellow Knights for the invitation to this Concert in this historical Basilica, linked to the memory of Saint Francis of Assisi and one of the most ancient Marian places in Rome, on the occasion of the naming of a Square, in this City, Cavalieri di Colombo,” said Cardinal Bertone. “Thus, we are united for such a particular circumstance, which wants to be a demonstration of the recognition for your commitment and your love towards the great City of Rome, center of Catholicism and seat of the Successor of Peter.”
“I am happy to convey the felicitations of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, who has asked me to mention that his venerated Predecessor Benedict XV was (the one) to invite the Knights of Columbus to establish themselves in Rome in 1920,” the cardinal continued “Since then, the initiatives of your Order have successfully continued in the Eternal City, followed with a great and rewarding friendship.” (See Cardinal Bertone’s complete remarks).
The concert was held in the Church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli adjacent to the Campidoglio, and featured the Gospel Choir of St. Thomas More Church in Washington, D.C. in honor of the ground breaking. The square was dedicated to the Knights of Columbus in honor of its charitable works on behalf of the people of Rome.