“The quest for freedom, justice, peace and human dignity”
Last week, Mary Ann Glendon officially took up her new post when she presented Pope Benedict XVI with her credentials as “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.” In her address to His Holiness, she mentioned the importance of “ongoing conversation — a dialogue — based on mutual respect, understanding and trust” and she spoke of the efforts that the United States is making to encourage interfaith communication.
Glendon also mentioned that 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of “two important international documents that were the fruits of collaboration among persons of many different faiths and cultures — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.” She continued saying, “It is my heartfelt desire that we will work together to commemorate the anniversary of both the Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention in a fitting manner.” I think that would be great and I hope that this commemoration becomes something people are aware of.
To read her entire address, go here.
In my opinion, this is a tough time to be the United States Ambassador to the Vatican, but I bet Mary Ann Glendon will do pretty well in her new position.