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Welcome to our new Australian Ambassador

On 5 May 2016 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the appointment of Ms Melissa Hitchman as Australia's next Ambassador to the Holy See.

Ambassador Hitchman took up the position on 18 July and presented credentials to His Holiness Pope Francis on 8 September 2016.

The Embassy welcomes Ambassador Hitchman and her family to Rome.


Ambassador-designate Melissa Hitchman attends the canonization of St Teresa of Kolkata on 4 September 2016 at a mass celebrated by His Holiness, Pope Francis, at St Peter's Basilica.  The Missionaries of Charity, which St Teresa founded, is active in Australia, providing services to women and children in crisis, indigenous communities and the disadvantaged.  In 1982 then Mother Teresa was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.  On her death in 1997, then Governor-General Sir William Deane wrote a message of condolence on behalf of all Australians.  Missionaries of Charity Sr Tessila and Sr Bridget have been in Rome assisting with preparations for the canonization for several months.  The Embassy congratulates them and their congregation on their founder's canonization.


Ambassador-designate Melissa Hitchman meets Father Terry Bell, Rector of Domus Australia, on 29 July 2016.  The former Marist student house was purchased in 2008 by a group of Australian Archdioceses led by the Sydney Archdiocese and now welcomes visitors of all faiths and nationalities to Rome.  Further details are available at Domus Australia, Via Cernaia 14/B, 00185 Roma Italia, +39 (0) 6 4201 4830 or 02 9390 5980 (if calling from Australia), or


Ambassador-designate visits The CUA-ACU Rome Centre

Ambassador-designate Melissa Hitchman considers the Australian Catholic University’s curriculum on a tour with Dr David Dawson Vasquez, Director of the jointly operated Rome Centre of the Catholic University of America and the Australian Catholic University campus on 27 July 2016.    Further details may be obtained from Ms Diane Tomley, Office of the Provost, ACU, on +61 2 9739 2374 or or


The Jubilee Year of Mercy

8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy, which commenced on 8 December 2015 and will conclude on 20 November 2016, is expected to see an influx of international visitors, tourists and pilgrims to Rome.

Overall responsibility for the Jubilee rests with the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization and details of the event can be found at the Council’s Jubilee website, including a section on pilgrim registration

The Embassy will post updated information from time to time.

Following are news and articles on the Embassy's events and activities.


Useful information about visiting the Holy See:

Visiting the Vatican - general information on booking various Vatican tours and tickets for events presided by the Pope
Past News Items - items previously published on the front page