Press release

Foreign Minister Attends Papal Inauguration

March 19, 2013

Minister Jean-Paul Adam, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has today represented President James Michel at the inaugural mass for Pope Francis held in the Vatican.

The mass marks the official moment at which Pope Francis begins his papacy, where he is installed as the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Several heads of state and government from around the world have attended the ceremony.

“Seychelles is proud to celebrate this great moment together with the global community of Catholics. I have been honoured to deliver a message of solidarity, peace and unity to His Holiness on behalf of the President and People of Seychelles. Our faith and spirituality is one of the things that binds us together as a nation, and it is appropriate that we see this celebration as a celebration of unity among Seychellois and all peoples of the world,” Minister Adam remarked.

Minister Adam also had the occasion to meet with Pope Francis and was also asked by His Holiness to convey to the Seychellois people his thanks for their prayers.

The Foreign Minister is accompanied by the Seychelles Ambassador to the Vatican, Ms. Vivianne Fock-Tave, who is based in Brussels.