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List of dignitaries at the funeral of Pope John Paul II

Map indicating countries that sent official dignitaries at the funeral of Pope John Paul II

This is a list of dignitaries at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. After the death of Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005 in Vatican City, and before official invitations were sent by the College of Cardinals, almost 200 countries expressed interest in sending representatives to the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The funeral took place on April 8, 2005, and was one of the largest gathering of statesmen and world leaders in history.[1] Some of the dignitaries later attended the installation of Pope Benedict XVI on April 24, 2005.

In order to accommodate all interested parties wishing to receive a seat during the Mass of Requiem, the Holy See limited the number of members in each official diplomatic delegation to five people, except for the Polish delegation which, being John Paul II's homeland, was allowed ten people, and the delegation from Italy. The limit did not exclude other people of any nationality from attaining individual invitations, unrelated to the individual's country's delegation: for example, the attendance of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, had no connection with the Brazilian delegation. In addition to a country's official delegation, any number of government officials were permitted to attend as pilgrim travellers, remaining outside the basilica during the Mass of Requiem with the general public. For example, the United States delegation included the president and first lady, two former presidents, and the secretary of state, and they all had seats in the basilica during the Mass of Requiem. Dozens of members of the Congress of the United States attended the Mass of Requiem, congregating among the general public outside the basilica.

At the funeral, the dignitaries were seated alphabetically according to the French spelling of their country's name[2] and arranged according to diplomatic protocol.

Contents:

List of official delegations (in alphabetical order, incomplete)Edit

AEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Titles
Afghanistan   Hamid Karzai
Abdullah Abdullah
Zalmay Rasul
Mostapha Zaher
Mohammad Nadir Hatami
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Counsellor for National Security
Ambassador
First Secretary
Albania   Alfred Moisiu
Fatos Nano
Sali Berisha
Rexhep Meidani
Mirella Moisiu
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
Former President of the Republic
Former President of the Republic
Daughter of the President of the Republic
Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Bouabdalla Ghoulamallah
Mokhtar Reguieg
President of the Republic
Minister of Religious Affairs
Ambassador
Andorra   Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Jacques Chirac
Marc Forné Molné
Maria Lluisa Gispert de Forné
Juli Minoves-Triquell
Josep Angel Mortès Pons
Co-Prince
Co-Prince
Head of Government
Consort of the Head of Government
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice-President of Parliament
Angola   José Eduardo dos Santos
Ana Paula Dos Santos
João Bernardo de Miranda
Boaventura da Silva Cardoso
José Filipe
President of the Republic
Consort of the President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Culture
Chief of Protocol of the Presidency
Antigua and Barbuda   Carl Roberts Ambassador
Argentina   Daniel Scioli
Rafael Bielsa
Guillermo Rodolfo Oliveri
Vice-President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Religious Affairs
Secretary of State for Religious Affairs
Armenia   Andranik Markaryan
Edward Nalbandian
Rouben Shugarian
Armen Bayburtian
Gevorg Hakobian
Prime Minister
Ambassador to the Holy See
Ambassador
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
First Assistant to the Prime Minister
Australia   Michael Jeffery
Marlena Jeffery
Maria Cicutto
Robert Hunter
Ted Knez
Governor-General of Australia
Wife of the Governor-General


Embassy Counsellor
Austria   Heinz Fischer
Margit Fischer
Wolfgang Schüssel
Hubert Gorbach
Andreas Khol
Federal President
First Lady
Federal Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor
President of the Chamber of Deputies

BEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Bangladesh   Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf Food and Disaster Management Minister
Belarus   Gennady Novitsky
Vladimir Korolev
Aleksei Skripko
President of the Council of the Republic of Belarus
Ambassador to the Vatican
Ambassador
Belgium   King Albert II
Queen Paola
Guy Verhofstadt
Didier Reynders
Herman De Croo
King of the Belgians
Queen Consort
Prime Minister of Belgium
Deputy Prime Minister
President of the Lower House
Bοlivia   Carlos Mesa
Elvira Salinas de Mesa
José Ignacio Siles
President of the Republic
First Lady
Ambassador
Bosnia and Herzegovina   Borislav Paravac
Šefik Džaferović
Bariša Čolak
President of the Presidency
President of Parliament
Deputy Prime Minister
Brazil   Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Itamar Franco
José Sarney
Marisa Letícia da Silva
Renan Calheiros
Severino Cavalcanti
Nelson Jobim
President of the Republic
Former President
Former President
Former President
First Lady
President of the Senate
President of the Chamber of Deputies
President of the Supreme Federal Court
Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov President of the Republic

CEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Canada   Paul Martin
Sheila Martin
Stephen Harper
Phil Fontaine
Prime Minister of Canada
Wife of the Prime Minister
Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Chile   Ignacio Walker
Sergio Romero
José Antonio Viera Gallo
Gabriel Ascencio
Pablo Longueira
Minister of Foreign Affairs
President of the Senate
Socialist senator
President of the Chamber of Deputies
UDI deputy
Republic of China[1]   Chen Shui-bian
Chen Tang-san
President
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Colombia   Francisco Santos Calderon
María Victoria Santos
Vice-President of the Republic
Spouse of Vice-President of the Republic
Congo   Joseph Kabila
Jean-Pierre Bemba
President of the Republic
Vice-President of the Republic
Costa Rica   Abel Pacheco
Roberto Tovar Faja
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Croatia   Stipe Mesić
Ivo Sanader
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
Cuba   Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada
Caridad Diego
Raúl Roa Kourí
President of the National Assembly
Chief of Religious Affairs of the Communist Party of Cuba
Ambassador to the Holy See
Cyprus   Tassos Papadopoulos
George Poulides
Tasos Tzionis
President of the Republic
Ambassador to the Holy See
Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President
Czech Republic Václav Klaus
Cyril Svoboda
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs

DEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Denmark   Queen Margrethe II
Prince Henrik
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Queen of Denmark
Prince Consort
Prime Minister of Denmark
Dominican Republic   Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
Alejandrina Germán
Carlos Rafael Marión-Landais
First Lady
Secretary of Education
Ambassador to the Holy See

EEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Ecuador   Lucio Gutiérrez
Ximena Bohórquez
Patricio Zuquilanda
President of the Republic
First Lady
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Egypt   Farouk Hosni Minister of Culture
El Salvador   Francisco Laínez
Ana Ligia Mixco Sol de Saca
René Figueroa
Roberto Simán
María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila
Minister of Foreign Affairs
First Lady
Minister of the Interior
former Ambassador to the Holy See
former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Equatorial Guinea   Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo President of the Republic
Estonia Arnold Rüütel President of the Republic

FEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Finland Matti Vanhanen Prime Minister of Finland
France   Jacques Chirac
Bernadette Chirac
President of the French Republic
Wife of the President of the French Republic

GEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Germany   Horst Köhler
Wolfgang Thierse
Gerhard Schröder
Joschka Fischer
Dieter Althaus
President
President of the Bundestag
Chancellor
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Vice-President of the Bundesrat
Ghana   John Kufuor President of the Republic
Greece   Karolos Papoulias
Panagiotis Skandalakis
Konstantinos Georgiou
President of the Republic
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
General Secretary of the Presidency
Guatemala   Óscar Berger
Wendy de Berger
Jorge Briz Abularach
Rigoberta Menchú
President of the Republic
First Lady
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1992
Guinea   Sidibé Fatoumata Kaba Minister of Foreign Affairs

HEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Haiti   Gérard Latortue Prime Minister
Honduras   Ricardo Maduro President of the Republic
Hungary   Ferenc Mádl
Dalma Mádl
Ferenc Gyurcsány
Viktor Orbán
Katalin Szili
President of the Republic
First Lady
Prime Minister
Former Prime Minister
President of Parliament

IEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
India   Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
P.R. Kyndiah
Oscar Fernandes
Vice President of India
Minister of Tribal Issues and the Development of the North-East
Minister of Relations with the Parliament
Indonesia Alwi Shihab
Maftuh Basyuni
Freddy Numberi
Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare
Minister of Religious Affairs
Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, former Ambassador to Italy
Iran   Mohammad Khatami President of Iran
Iraq   Ayad Allawi Prime Minister of Iraq
Ireland   Mary McAleese
Bertie Ahern
Mary Harney
President of Ireland
Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
Tánaiste (Deputy-Prime Minister)
Israel   Moshe Katsav
Silvan Shalom
President of Israel
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Italy   Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Franca Ciampi
Silvio Berlusconi
Gaetano Gifuni
Antonio Puri Purini
Gianfranco Mazzuoli
Marcello Pera
Pier Ferdinando Casini
Piero Alberto Capotosti
Gianfranco Fini
President of the Italian Republic
Wife of the President
Prime Minister of Italy
Counsellor of State, General Secretary of the Presidency
Diplomatic Counsellor to the Presidency
Counsellor Coordinator at the Presidency
President of the Senate
President of the Chamber of Deputies
President of the Constitutional Court
Minister of Foreign Affairs

JEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Japan
 
Yoriko Kawaguchi Advisor to the Prime Minister
Jordan   King Abdullah II
Queen Rania
King of Jordan
Queen Consort

KEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Kenya   Chirau Ali Mwakwere Minister of foreign affairs
Kuwait   Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Member of the royal family

LEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Latvia   Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga President of the Republic
Lebanon   Émile Lahoud
Omar Karami
Issam Fares
Nabih Berri
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Speaker of Parliament
Lesotho   King Letsie III
Monyane Moleleki
King of Lesotho
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Liechtenstein   Prince Hans-Adam II
Princess Marie
Prince Nikolaus
Princess Margaretha
The Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein
Princess Consort
Ambassador to the Holy See
wife of the ambassador to the Holy See
Lithuania   Valdas Adamkus President of the Republic
Luxembourg   Grand Duke Henri
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Jean-Claude Juncker
Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (consort)
Prime Minister of Luxembourg

MEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Macedonia   Branko Crvenkovski President
Madagascar
 
Marc Ravalomanana President
Malta   Eddie Fenech Adami
Mary Fenech Adami
Lawrence Gonzi
Kate Gonzi
Michael Frendo
Guido de Marco
Violet de Marco
Anton Tabone
Alfred Sant
President of Malta
First Lady of Malta
Prime Minister of Malta
Spouse of the Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Former President of Malta
Former First Lady
Speaker of the Parliament
Leader of the Opposition
Mauritius   Paul Bérenger Prime Minister
Mexico   Vicente Fox
Marta Sahagún
President of Mexico
First Lady of Mexico
Monaco [2]
 
Patrick Leclercq Minister of State
Morocco   Prince Moulay Rachid Prince and brother of King Muhammad VI

NEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Netherlands   Jan Peter Balkenende Prime Minister of the Netherlands
New Zealand   Dame Silvia Cartwright
Peter Cartwright
Governor-General of New Zealand
Spouse of the Governor General
Nicaragua   Enrique Bolaños
Norman José Caldera Cardenal
Armando Luna
José Cuadra
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador to the Holy See
Ambassador to Italy
Nigeria   Olusegun Obasanjo President
Norway   Queen Sonja
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Queen Consort
Prime Minister of Norway

PEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Pakistan Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq Minister of Religious Affairs
Palestine
(Palestinian National Authority)
  Ahmed Qurei
Ghazi Hanania
Afif Safieh
Nimer Hammad
Mustafa Abu El-Rub
Prime Minister of Palestine
Spokesman for the Legislative Council
Director of the Diplomatic Representation to the Holy See
General Delegate in Italy
Assistant to the Prime Minister
Panama Martín Torrijos
Vivian Fernández de Torrijos
President
First Lady
Paraguay   Luis Castiglioni
Leila Rachid de Cowles
Vice-President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Peru   Manuel Rodríguez Cuadros
Eliane Karp
Eduardo Salhuana
Antero Flores Aráoz
Minister of Foreign Affairs
First Lady
Minister of Justice
President of the Congress of the Republic
Philippines   Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Evangelina Lourdes Arroyo
Thelmo Cunanan
Georgina de Venecia
Howard Dee
President of the Philippines
Presidential Daughter
SS chairman (former ambassador to Cambodia)
wife of House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr.
former Ambassador to the Holy See
Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Jolanta Kwaśniewska
Lech Wałęsa
Danuta Wałęsa
Marek Belka
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Longin Pastusiak
Hanna Suchocka
Tadeusz Mazowiecki
Wiesław Chrzanowski
President of the Republic
First Lady
former President of the Republic
former First Lady
Prime Minister
Marshal of the Sejm
Marshal of the Senate
Ambassador to the Holy See
former Prime Minister
former Marshal of the Sejm
Portugal   Jorge Sampaio
Maria Jose Ritta
Diogo Freitas do Amaral
António dos Santos Ramalho Eanes
President of the Republic
First Lady
Minister of Foreign Affairs
former President of the Republic

QEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Qatar
 
Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Emir of Qatar

REdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Romania   Traian Băsescu
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
King Michael I
Emil Constantinescu
Ion Iliescu
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
former King of Romania
former President of the Republic
former President of the Republic
Russia Mikhail Fradkov Prime Minister of Russia
Rwanda   Charles Murigande Minister of Foreign Affairs

SEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
San Marino   Fausta Simona Morganti
Cesare Antonio Gasperoni
Fabio Berardi
Giovanni Galassi
Marcello Beccari
Captain Regent
Captain Regent
Secretary of State for Foreign and Political Affairs
Ambassador to the Holy See
Chief of State Protocol
Saudi Arabia   Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz Al-Akkas
Hamad Al-Hajri
Ibrahim Al-Manie
Minister of Social Affairs

Senegal   Abdoulaye Wade President of the Republic
Serbia and Montenegro   Svetozar Marović
Vuk Drašković
Boris Tadić
Filip Vujanović
Darko Tanasković
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
President of Serbia
President of Montenegro
Ambassador to the Holy See
Singapore   Shunmugam Jayakumar
Walter Woon
Alexander Lim
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Law
Ambassador to the Holy See
First Secretary
Slovakia Ivan Gašparovič
Pavol Hrušovský
Eduard Kukan
President of the Republic
President of Parliament
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Slovenia Janez Drnovšek
Janez Janša
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
South Africa   Jacob Zuma
Lenin Shope
N.J. Baloyi
Vice President of the Republic
Ambassador
Vice President's advisor
South Korea   Lee Hai-chan Prime Minister
Spain   King Juan Carlos I
Queen Sofía
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Mariano Rajoy
King of Spain
Queen Consort
Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Leader of the Opposition
Sri Lanka   Mahinda Rajapakse
Milroy Fernando
Prime Minister
Minister of Christian Affairs
Sweden   King Carl XVI Gustaf
Queen Silvia
Göran Persson
King of Sweden
Queen Consort
Prime Minister of Sweden
Switzerland   Samuel Schmid President of the Confederation
Syria   Bashar al-Assad
Asma al-Assad
President of the Republic
First Lady

TEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Tanzania   George Kahama Minister for Cooperative Development
Thailand   Surakiart Sathirathai Deputy Prime Minister
Tunisia   Mohamed Ghannouchi Prime Minister
Turkey   Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Mehmet Aydin
Prime Minister
Minister of State

UEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Uganda   Gilbert Bukenya Vice-President of the Republic
Ukraine   Viktor Yushchenko
Kateryna Yushchenko
President
First Lady
United Arab Emirates   Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Information
United Kingdom   Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales
Tony Blair
Cherie Blair
Michael Howard
Charles Kennedy
Heir-apparent, Prince of Wales
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Spouse of the Prime Minister
Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition
Liberal Democrat leader
United States   George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Condoleezza Rice
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
President of the United States of America
First Lady
Secretary of State of the United States of America
Former President
Former President
Uruguay   María Auxiliadora Delgado de Vázquez First Lady

VEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Venezuela   Alí Rodríguez
Jorge Giordanni
Rodrigo Chávez
Roy Chaderton
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Planning
Ambassador to Italy
Ambassador to France

ZEdit

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Zimbabwe   Robert Mugabe
Herbert Murerwa
Mr Bimha
Mr Chihuri
Mary Margaret Muchada
President
Minister of Advanced Education
Secretary to Foreign Affairs, Ambassador
Personal Assistant to the President
Ambassador

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "China" used here refers to the Republic of China (ROC) and commonly known as Taiwan, rather than the People's Republic of China (PRC), which does not have diplomatic relations with the Holy See and did not receive any invitations to the funeral. Although the ROC Government lost control of Mainland China at the end of the Chinese Civil War, the Holy See still recognizes the ROC, but not the PRC, as the legitimate representative for the government of "China". [3]
  2. ^ The low representation of Monaco is due to the death of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Monaco's head of state died two days before the funeral of the Pope.

International organizationsEdit

Organization Flag Official delegation Title
Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta   Fra' Andrew Bertie
Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto
Count Jacques de Liedekerke
Marquis Gian Luca Chiavari
Jean-Pierre Mazery
Prince and Grand Master
Grand Commander

Grand Chancellor
Receiver of the Common Treasure
Member of the Sovereign Council

Council of Europe   Terry Davis
Adam Daniel Rotfeld
Rene van der Linden
Giovanni di Stasi
secretary-general
président du Comité des ministres
président de l'Assemblée parlementaire
président du Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux
Arab League   Amr Moussa
Mohamed Ali Nasser
Hala Gad
secretary-general
Chief of Protocol, Ambassador
Member of the Office of the Secretary General
United Nations   Kofi Annan
Nane Annan
Donald Patterson
secretary-general
Spouse of the Secretary General
European Union   José Manuel Barroso
Jean-Claude Juncker
Josep Borrell
Danuta Hübner
Franco Frattini
Benita Ferrero-Waldner
president of the European Commission
president of the European Council
president of the European Parliament
commissioner in charge of Regional Policy
commissioner in charge of Justice
commissioner in charge of external relations
NATO   Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Jeannine de Hoop Scheffer
Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo
secretary-general
Consort of the Secretary General
Vice-Secretary General, Ambassador
OSCE   Dimitrij Rupel
Ján Kubis
Tatjana Pirc
foreign minister of Slovenia, acting president of the OSCE
secretary general of the OSCE
second secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs of Slovenia
ILO   Juan Somavia
Dominique Peccoud
Maria Angelica Ducci
Director General
Coordinator for Relations with the Holy See
Office Head
FAO   Jacques Diouf
David Harsharik
Michel Savini
Director General
Adjunct Director General
Head of the Office of the Director General
UNESCO   Koïchiro Matsuura
Krista Pikkat
Director General
Office Member
IFAD Lennart Båge
Ewa Westman Båge
Cyril Enweze
President
Consort of the President
Vice-President
Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Kamel Morjane
Walter Irvine
Michele Manca di Nissa
Assistant to the High Commissioner
Delegate for Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Holy See
Vice-Delegate for Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Holy See
World Food Programme James T. Morris
John Powell
Susana Malcorra
Executive Director
Adjunct Executive Director
Adjunct Executive Director
U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime Antonio Maria Costa Executive Director of UNODC

Religious leadersEdit

Eastern Christian ChurchesEdit

Protestant ChurchesEdit

Jewish religious leadersEdit

Unofficial delegationsEdit

A selection of dignitaries not seated in the section for official national delegations during the funeral:

BrazilEdit

Individually invited (by the Holy See):

Presidential delegation (invited by the President, but did not seat for Mass of Requiem):

  • José Sarney, Brazilian senator; former President of Brazil and former president of the Brazilian Senate
  • Henry Sobel, leading Rabbi of the Brazilian Jewish community
  • Sheik Armando Hussein Saleh, of the "Brazilian Mosque" (representing the Muslims of Brazil)
  • Rolf Schunemann, of the Brazilian Lutheran Church (representing the Protestants of Brazil)
  • Father João Áviz, Archbishop of Brasília
  • Father José Ernanne, representing the Brazilian clergy

CanadaEdit

All representing Quebec

GermanyEdit

PhilippinesEdit

United StatesEdit

Members of Congress and other dignitaries (not part of the official delegation, thus no VIP treatment):

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Kulish, N; Cowell, A (9 December 2013). "Scores of Leaders Heading to South Africa for Service". NYC Times. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ Vries, Lloyd (8 April 2005). "Pope Seating Chart Easy As ABC". CBS News. Retrieved 14 January 2015.

External linksEdit