The Catholic Weekly 2 August 2020

$2 2, August, 2020 AGEING KEEPS ME BUSY ENOUG H P19 THE POWER OF THE MERCILESS MEDIC S P24 vocations MAGAZINE LIFTOUT INSIDE THEDEPARTMENTof Foreign Affairs and Trade will formally announce Australia’s new Am- bassador to the Vatican next month. But The Catholic Weekly can exclusively reveal senior diplo- mat, Chiarra Porro, will take up the prestigious position at the Holy See in September. She re- places Melissa Hitchman who finished up late last year. It will be Ms Porro’s first ap- pointment as an Ambassador. Ms Porro has most recently served as Australia’s Deputy Consul-General in Noumea since 2018. The career diplomat, who hasworked for theDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the past 15 years, has held on- the-ground emergency mis- sion roles such as being a part of Australia’s Crisis Response Team in 2016 to the Ebola out- break in Burkina Faso and Ni- ger. She was Second Secretary at the Australian High Com- mission in New Delhi from 2011-2014 and has also held other positions within the De- partment of Foreign Affairs in Canberra and the Department of PrimeMinister and Cabinet. Ms Porro is fluent in French and Italian and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She completed her undergraduate degree in Diplomat for top job Australia receives nod of approval for a new Ambassador to the Holy See Indigenous jerseys boost Bulldogs STUDENTS FROM Ashfield’s Bethlehem Catholic College are showing their true colours after designing the jerseys to be worn by the Canterbury Bulldogs at this weekend’s clashwith the Parramatta Eels in theNRL IndigenousRound. The jumpers feature tra- ditional artworks by the indigenous senior students including dots, concentric circles, curved and straight lines that symbolise the coming together of the ¾ ¾ Debbie Cramsie community for the annual event. Year 11 studentDarci Simp- son-Carrsaidtheyaimedtotell the story of the club’s history, the local areaand the student’s heritage from a rarely-seen fe- maleperspective. “As an indigenous wom- an it really is a big deal to do something like this for such a male-dominated sport and I want to thank the Bulldogs for the opportunity,” she said. “My family will be there at the game cheering on not only the Bulldogs but our indigenous heritage.” Canterbury Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill said the club is proud to engage the commu- nity with this unique oppor- tunity. “Designing a Bulldogs jer- sey is always a special expe- rience, and we’re excited to give this opportunity to the students from Bethlehem College, specifically follow- ing the advice of local Elders to identify and empower the emerging female leaders of our Indigenous community,” he said. politics, philosophy and eco- nomics from the University of York in the United Kingdom in 2005. The position of Australian Ambassador to the Vatican only became a full-time res- ident position in 2008 when then Labor Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, appointed his one-time political opponent, former Nationals Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer to the role. As Ambassador, some of Mr Fischer’s proudest achieve- ments were planning the can- onisation ceremony for Mary MacKillop in 2010 and the opening of the Domus Austral- ia pilgrimage centre in 2011. Mr Fischer was succeeded by Sydney barrister Mr John McCarthy, QC, in 2012 who took up the cause of fighting modern slavery, culminating in an announcement in 2016 that theHoly See would slavery proof its supply chains. An avid cricket fan, Mr Mc- Carthy also established the Vatican’s first XII cricket team. Mr McCarthy was followed by career diplomat Ms Hitch- man, who left her position a few months ahead of complet- ing her term late last year. Since then Charge D’Affair- es Matthew Wise has overseen theAustralianEmbassy inwhat was believed to always be a temporary position. The Catholic Weekly under- stands Ms Porro will formally take up her credentials in Sep- tember. Crowds gather at the Vatican in 2019. PHOTO: CNS EXCLUSIVE Bethlehem student Darci Simpson-Carr, of theWiradjuri and Dunghutti people, with one of the jerseys being worn by a Bulldogs player, inset. MAIN PHOTO: GIOVANNI PORTELLI Michael Kenny Tim Fischer 2008-2012 John McCarthy QC 2012-2016 Melissa Hitchman 2016-2019 Chiara Porro 2020- RESIDENT AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADORS TO THE VATICAN