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Mexico gives Vatican officials, highest award granted to foreigners

What does Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates and U2 singer Bono have in common with the Vatican's Foreign Minister? They have all received Mexico's highest distinction, awarded specifically to foreigners.  Msgr. Dominique Mamberti received the award recently in Mexico's Embassy to the Holy See.  MARIANO PALACIOS ALCOCER  Mexican Ambassador  "As the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States, over the last decade, he has played a valuable contribution in promoting the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the Holy See.â?"Because of this, in response to the Order of the Aztec Eagle Council, Mexico's president is pleased to bestow upon you, your Excellency, the Great Cross of the Order, as a sign of gratitude for your friendship and closeness to the people and government of Mexico.â?  Other recipients were Antoine Camilleri, who holds the number two post in the Holy See's Relations with States. Also on the list, Italian Paolo Gualtieri, who focuses on diplomacy in North America and Alberto Gasbarri, who deals with logistics in papal trips.  MSGR. DOMINIQUE MAMBERTI Secretary for Relations with States (Holy See) "Mexico is a great country that has taken part in important initiatives. We've always had a mutual and intense relationship with the Mexican government on an international scale.â?  ALBERTO GASBARRI Organizer of Papal Trips  "I have many many beautiful memories of Mexico and also lots of friends. It's one of the countries I most appreciate. I've visited the county with two Popes. I hope to visit it again with Pope Francis.â?  In  addition to recognizing their work, the Aztec Eagle award, is also a way of thanking recipients for their work in improving diplomatic ties between both states . JMB/KLH  AA SV -PR Up: MPI