Minister Fantino and Mrs. Fantino, joined by Giuseppe Golini Petracone, Mayor of Cassino and Gianni Blasi, military historian, reflect on the heroic contribution of Canada at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino.
By Nicholas Bergamini
ROME - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister of Veteran Affairs, met with Domenico Rossi, Undersecretary of the Department of Defence to exchange best practices and discuss Veterans’ programs, health and services. Minister Fantino also met with Lt. Gen Federico Marmo, Inspector General of Military Health with the Italian military.
Ministers Fantino and Rossi reaffirmed their mutual commitment in improving the quality of life and service delivery for Veterans.
Minister Fantino commented on the bilateral relationship, saying, “Canada and Italy have a strong bond, underscored by our shared values and commitment to create jobs and grow our respective economies.”
The Ministers concluded by reaffirming the strong economic, political and people to people ties between Canada and Italy.
(Rome, Italy) Minister Julian Fantino, joined by Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Chair of the Canada-Holy See Friendship Group) and Member of Parliament Wladyslaw Lizon on the eve of the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
"I am tremendously proud and humbled to represent Canada at this historic celebration to honour the life of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
"On the eve of their canonization to Sainthood, we remember their service to humanity, especially Pope John Paul II who advanced the cause of freedom and tolerance, and Pope John XXIII for his commitment to the renewal and reform of the faith."
- Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veteran Affairs
Head of Canada's Official Delegation
Minister Fantino Attends Mass with His Eminence Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
ROME - Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada's Minister of Veteran Affairs attends mass with Canadian faithful and His Eminence Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, in Rome for the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII at St. Patrizio's Church.