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New British Ambassador to the Holy See accredited

Mrs Sally Axworthy MBE presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis on 19 September 2016.

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.

Note for editors:

  • 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. Full CV.

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