"Sir" Jim Nicholson Receives Papal Knighthood in October 27, 2003
Ambassador Jim Nicholson was made a
Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX. The award was presented in a private ceremony by Monsignor Tommaso Caputo,
Head of Protocol for the Holy See, on behalf of Pope John Paul II.
The honor of the Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX was
instituted in 1847. It was granted to Nicholson in appreciation for his dedicated and meritorious service as the U.S. Ambassador
to the Holy See.
Nicholson presented his ambassadorial credentials to Pope John Paul II on
September 13, 2001. He is the sixth United States’ ambassador to the Holy See. During his tenure, he has become a forceful
advocate for human rights and American humanitarian concerns worldwide, with particular emphasis on trafficking in persons,
religious freedom in Russia and China, as well as the acceptability of American genetically-modified food to feed the 800
million starving and undernourished people in the world. He works closely with his bilateral partners in the Vatican on these
issues, as well as those of war and peace and religious reconciliation.
Commenting on the award, Ambassador Jim Nicholson said, “I am very proud to be
President Bush’s Ambassador to the Pope. It allows me to engage in many issues on a global scale, and for the Pope to honor me
this way is very satisfying.”