"The quest for freedom, justice, peace and human dignity"
Marianne Tierney March 6, 2008 - 1:16pm
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 toHis 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 interfaithcommunication.Glendonalso 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 thatwould 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 Ibet Mary Ann Glendon will do pretty well in her new position.
About the Author
Marianne L. Tierney is a PhD student in theology at Boston College.