12/11/14 “H.E. Ambassador Pictet-Althann decorated by the Holy See”
On 12th November 2014 the members of the Order’s Permanent Mission, together with sixty guests, including directors general of international organizations, heads of Missions and ambassadors, were invited to the Permanent Mission of the Holy See in Geneva for the award ceremony of our Ambassador Marie-Therese Pictet-Althann. After a warm welcome, H.E. Archbishop Monsignor Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations, addressed the audience. “The Order of Malta and the Holy See”, he pointed out, “share common objectives, such as solidarity and the respect of the dignity of each person”. He then introduced the decoration of Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great as a “special distinction for those who have accomplished important actions at the service of the Church and of society”. After accepting the decoration, Ambassador Pictet-Althann thanked Archbishop Tomasi and through him the Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See for such a high honor, and emphasized that this award is also an honor for the Order of Malta, a recognition of the importance and value of its work. She outlined the commitment of its members to its inspiring principles, reflected in the motto “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum”. Referring to the Order’s worldwide activities she underlined its position within the international community and emphasized the excellent cooperation it has established with the United Nations, its specialized agencies and other international humanitarian organizations. Ambassador Pictet-Althann also warmly thanked her family and all the friends who have been supporting her work throughout the last years.