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50 years of Australia-Holy See Bilateral Relations (1973 – 2023)
In 2023, Australia and the Holy See will mark 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Our bilateral relationship has grown and consolidated in the past 50 years, with key events propelling it forward to the mature partnership it is today.
The theme for the anniversary will be “Marking Milestones: Forging a Better Future”, with four main focus areas: ending exclusion, injustice and harm; amplifying First Nations voices; protecting our common home; and identifying new pathways for change through education and sport.
This will be an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of our ties, and to showcase how the two countries work towards shared goals. We are planning initiatives that both recall the key moments in the past half-a-century and promote a vision for cooperation going forward.
This website and the Ambassador's Twitter account @ausambholysee are the best tools to learn about our Embassy’s initiatives and work.
The Australian Embassy to the Holy See is proud to feature Aboriginal art to promote the 50th Anniversary of Australia-Holy See diplomatic relations (1973-2023).
God with us down on the Daly was painted by Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, who is an Aboriginal elder from the Nauiyu community on the Daly River. She is an artist, activist and educator whose life’s focus has been helping young Indigenous people ‘walk in two worlds’. Dr Ungunmerr Baumann was the first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher in Australia’s Northern Territory and was the founder of the Miriam Rose Foundation, a charity advancing educational outcomes in Indigenous communities, as well as Merrepen Arts, an internationally known arts centre. In 1998, Dr Ungunmerr Baumann was appointed as Member of the Order of Australia for her services to Aboriginal education and art, and to the Nauiyu community, and further recognised as 2021 Senior Australian of the Year.
The image, like much of Dr Ungunmerr Baumann’s body of work, blends Aboriginal elements with faith traditions. It incorporates symbols of openness and encounter (for example, a hand reaching out to groups of peoples of diverse make-up and colour) as well as symbols of exchange and fusion.
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Please see our Events pages to view the Embassy's activities over the years