Pope Francis receives our new Ambassador

On 19 September 2016, Mrs.Sally Jane Axworthy MBE, presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis, accrediting her as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See.

On presenting Credentials, HM Ambassador Axworthy said: “It will be a great privilege to continue to build on the excellent relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See, and the many core values that we share. Pope Francis is

one of the most, if not the most, respected international leader. People pay attention to what he is saying and doing, and it is important that we engage with him and the global Holy See network”.

“We share a common agenda with the Holy See and the Catholic network. It’s very relevant to many of the concerns that the world is currently facing: from conflict prevention to dialogue between faiths, freedom of religion or belief, international development, climate change, defeating modern slavery and ending sexual violence in conflict”

Mrs Sally Jane Axworthy MBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See in succession to Mr Nigel Marcus Baker, who has returned to London on another appointment.

Mrs Axworthy joined the Foreign Office in 1986, since then her career has taken her to Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and India. Most recently she was the Joint Head of North Africa Department at the FCO.

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Our embassy engages with the Holy See across the range of foreign policy priorities, including on behalf of other British Government Departments such as the Department for International Development.

Former Ambassador Nigel Baker said: “The work with the Holy See is unique, because we do not only deal with a sovereign country (Vatican City State) but also with a global faith (the Roman Catholic Church, with 1.3bn adherents including in the UK). Our work includes engagement with other Christian Churches such as the global Anglican Community and the principal world religions.

Britain’s oldest embassy is accredited to the world’s most extensive global network. The last few years have seen the development of a strong global partnership between the United Kingdom and the Holy See, as they co-operate on issues as varied as disarmament, human rights and climate change, across the world from the Middle East and Africa to the Americas.

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