Anthony Bailey hosts a Dinner in Honour of HE The Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda

Rome, November 2015. Anthony Bailey and HSH Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg, Mrs Anthony Bailey, hosted a Dinner in Rome in honour of HE Sir Rodney Williams, KGN, GCMG, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and HE Lady Williams.

The Dinner took place on Monday 23 November 2015 at Il Circolo della Caccia in Rome in the presence of members of the Antiguan delegation, which included among others HE Dr Joseph John, Ambassador at Large of Antigua and Barbuda, Mrs David Shoul, Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis, OBE, Global Head of Diversity, British Council and Mrs Denise Bertin-Epp, Chief Executive of Crossroads Centre Antigua, Mrs Mary Scotland, Mr Brent Scotland, Dr Laurie John, Mrs Marcella John, Mr Carlo Falcone, Honorary Consul of Italy in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Dinner was attended by HE Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See,
The Rev Mgr José Avelino Bettencourt, Chief of Protocol of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, and a number of Commonwealth Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See including HE Mr David Shoul, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, HE Mr John McCarthy Ambassador of Australia, HE Mr Dennis A Savoie, Ambassador of Canada and HE Mr Nigel Baker, Ambassador of the United Kingdom.

Among the other distinguished guests were The Rev Mgr Philip Whitmore, Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome, The Most Rev Kenneth Nowakowski, Bishop of New Westminster, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada, HSH Prince Manfred de Windisch Graetz, Delegate for Rome and Lazio of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, Cav. Giovanni Battista Bariviero and Dr Xhoana Papakostandini.

The event marked the conclusion of His Excellency’s historic Official Visit to Vatican City and the Audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, which took place on 23 November 2015.

In his welcome speech Anthony Bailey said: “Your Excellency’s visit to the Holy Father today is a very timely one. The pastoral message of Pope Francis continues to resonate across the Caribbean in a way that no pontificate has done so before. The Governor General’s visit also comes at a time when the Pope’s attention and focus on the needs of the peoples of smaller states, which can often be overlooked, is clear for all to see”.

To read the speech of Anthony Bailey, please click here.