At the Sydney book launch of his memoir yesterday at Mary MacKillop Place, Tim Fischer left no-one in doubt about the unique perspective he brought to the Holy See with his words of wit and wisdom, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
Holy See, Unholy Me - tales from Tim Fischer's 1,000 days in Rome as Australia's first resident Ambassador to the Holy See - provides a rare, fascinating and often humorous insight into the workings (and sometimes non-workings) of the Vatican by the former National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister who has always epitomised colour, movement and action.
This phase in Tim's life started with a phone call from the then, and again present, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in July 2008. In January the following year he was launched into a new job which combined all his favourite things - politics, trains, food, faith, history, Rome, and of course family, when they could visit.
He was both observer and active participant in a world of protocols and diplomacy. There were also other significant dimensions to his role.
In October 2012 Australia was to contest the ballot for a rotational seat on the United Nations Security Council. This would mean an intense four year campaign and Rome was seen as one of the hubs for this activity.