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Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor and Francis Campbell unveil a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI

posted on 19 October 2006

A portrait of Pope Benedict XVI by one of Britains foremost portrait painters, Clarence Crawford, was unveiled by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor and His Excellency Mr. Francis Campbell, Her Britannic Majestys Ambassador to the Holy See, on Wednesday 18th October.

The unveiling took place at a reception in honour of Mr. Campbell, hosted by the Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain, in the Throne Room of Archbishops House. Guests included Sir Sigmund Sternberg, and Lord Nicholas Windsor who was accompanied by his fiance Dona Paola Doimi de Frankopan.

The ambassador, who was appointed in December 2005, is the first Roman Catholic to hold this post since the Reformation. Sir Swinton Thomas, Chairman of the Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain, looked forward in his speech to the success of Mr. Campbells term in office before Cardinal Murphy-OConnor spoke of his certainty that the ambassadors appointment, which he previously described as imaginative, would continue to develop a fruitful relationship between Her Majestys Government and the Holy See.

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posted on 19 October 2006

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