FORMER deputy prime minister Tim Fischer’s posting as the ambassador to the Vatican gave him plenty of inspiration for his book Holy See, Unholy Me – 1000 days in Rome.
Mr Fischer was in Tamworth and Armidale yesterday for book signings while helping Nationals candidate for New England Barnaby Joyce with his campaign.
The book tells tales from Tim Fischer’s 1000 days in Rome as Australia’s first resident ambassador to the Holy See.
It reflects on his time in the Vatican, the details which made up his life, the protocols, the people and the role there.
Mr Fischer said his role was a terrific posting, with many significant events for the Vatican occurring during his posting.
“I was there for the canonisation of Mary Mackillop, who has a connection to Uralla, in 2010, and the elevation of Pope John Paul II to sainthood,” Mr Fischer said.
Mr Fischer was in the Vatican for three years and worked closely with Australian ambassadors to Italy, Amanda Vanstone and David Ritchie.
Proceeds from the book will go to the Mary Mackillop Foundation and the Anglican Centre in Rome.