Finlayson to represent Government at Papal Inauguration Mass
Hon Christopher Finlayson
15 March 2013 Media Statement
Finlayson to represent Government
at Papal Inauguration Mass
Hon Chris Finlayson
will represent the New Zealand Government at the
Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis I in Rome on 19
“This will be a momentous occasion for the
worldwide Catholic community, including Catholics in New
Zealand,” said Mr Finlayson.
Pope Francis I is the
266th Roman pontiff, the first pope from the southern
hemisphere, and the first pope from the Americas.
behalf of the Government, I wish him the best for his term
of office and congratulate the people of Argentina on a
hugely significant day in the history of that country,”
said Mr Finlayson.
Mr Finlayson will depart New Zealand
for Rome this weekend, and will return on Thursday 21
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