Australia’s new ambassador to Holy See meets Pope

Chiara Porro presents her credentials to Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace on August 27 (Vatican Media/EWTN)

In her first meeting with Pope Francis, Australia’s new ambassador to the Holy See discussed the importance of engaging with people of all ages during a time of “crisis in confidence” in the Church. Source: CNA.

Chiara Porro, 36, presented her credentials to Pope Francis on August 27 and is now the only resident ambassador from the Pacific region in the Vatican diplomatic corps.

“I hope to be able to inspire and act as a bit of a bridge,” Ms Porro said.

“I spoke with Pope Francis about young people as well and the future of the Church ... And he said, ‘Yes, but, Chiara, remember that the elderly have a lot to contribute still,’” she said.

Born in Italy, Ms Porro said that she was able to have a lengthy conversation in Italian with Pope Francis.

“I asked him how do you engage with youth, particularly when there is this crisis of confidence,” she said.

“It has been a difficult period of the Catholic Church in Australia in the past few years. We had a royal commission into child sex abuse. There was Cardinal Pell’s case. I feel like we are coming to a time now where we can reflect back and look at the experience, look at what we went through,” she said.

“There were a lot of lessons learned, both positive and negative, from the whole experience which I hope we can find a mechanism to share some of those lessons.”

She said that Pope Francis told her that one of the most important things is to listen.


‘I hope to be able to inspire’: Meet Australia’s 36-year-old ambassador to the Holy See (By Courtney Mares, CNA)

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