The annual celebration of Saint George s Day was held in the Basilica of Santa Croce al Flaminio on April 21st, 2001, in the presence of HRH Princess Ines of the Two Sicilies, and H.E. the Spanish Ambassador to the Holy See Don Carlos Abella, representing HRH the Grand Master, and Sra Abella. The celebrant, His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Innocenti, Bailiff Grand Cross, was escorted into the Basilica by an honor guard of Knights, preceded by the Banner of the Order. The reconstructed Labarum of Constantine (which had received the Apostolic Benediction of Pope Pius X on 22nd December 1913) was placed in the Sanctuary. Among the clergy present were the Vice-Grand Prior of the Order Archbishop Custodio Alvim Pereira, Apostolic Protonotary Monsignori Vittorino Canciani, and more than a dozen chaplains of the Order. HRH the Duchess of Anjou and Segovia attended.
H.E. Conte Raniero Avogadro, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Holy See and Ambassadors Alessandrro Valladares Lanza (Republic of Hunduras), Karl Bonutti (Republic of Slovenia), and Pedro Rivera Saavedra (Republic of Bolivia), Minister-Councilor D. Luis Sagrera (Embassy of Spain to the Holy See), Minister Councilor Rodolfo Martin Saravia (Republic of Argentina), Fabio Cassani Pironti (Secretary, Embassy of Venezuela), and Stefan Falez (formerly Ambassador of the SMOM to the Holy See).
Prof Aldo Maria Arena and Conte Agostino Borromeo (Members of the Grand Magistery of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher) ; and Marchese Domenico Serlupi Crescenzi, Gran Conservatorio of the Order of Saint Stephen of Tuscany were present. The Vice-Grand Chancellor Guy Stair Sainty participated, along with Deputation members, Principe Maurizio Gonzaga, Principe del S.R.I., Marchese Giuliano Malvezzi Campeggi, Marchese Roberto Dentice di Accadia, Nobile Giorgio Montini, Conte Alessandro Mariotti Solimani, Principe Alberto Giovanelli, Nobile Lorenzo de Notaristefani, and Nobile Giorgio Angelozzi Gariboldi.
Among those members present were Contessa Nicoletta Capasso, Marchesa Malvezzi Campeggi, and Marchesa Dentice, Principe D. Giovanni Alliata di Villafranca, the Principe and Principessa of Linguaglossa,Conte Andrea Mariotti Solimani, Marchesa Pia Serlupi Crescenzi d Ongran, Marchese e Conte Giacomo Crispolti, Marchese Ugo Schinina di Sant Elia, Conte Vittorio Ranuzzi de Bianchi, Contessa Anna Augusta Teodorani, Nibile Giovanni Franchi, Nobile PierFrancesco Bartolazzi Menchetti, Barone Domenico Tramontana, Marchese Giuseppe Cocozza di Montanara, Barone Ruggiero Musco, and many other knights and dames.
A luncheon followed the Mass, attended by HRH Princess Ines and Ambassador Abella.