Dili, March 15, 2024

President J. Ramos-Horta delivered a special address on March 15th commemorating the 11th anniversary of the pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis. The ceremony was held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Dili.

In his speech, President Ramos-Horta conveyed Timor-Leste’s gratitude and congratulations to Pope Francis, praising his leadership in promoting peace, justice and human fraternity around the world.

The Presidentof the republic highlighted the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity of 2019 as one of the most important modern documents, which Timor-Leste’s parliament has embraced as a national guiding principle.

Ramos-Horta also expressed hope that Pope Francis will visit Timor-Leste this year to bestow his blessings on the nation. He commended the Pope’s humility, inclusion and tireless service to humanity.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, Government leaders, members of parliament, the diplomatic corps and religious figures attended the anniversary celebration at the Nunciature.

Read the full text of President Ramos-Horta’s speech: