Tim Fischer's 1000 days in Rome

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.

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