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List of 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 the largest gathering of statesmen in history. 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 only 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 U.S. Congress 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 and arranged according to diplomatic protocol.

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

A

Country (order per French spelling) 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
South Africa (Afrique du sud) Jacob Zuma
Lenin Shope
N.J. Baloyi
Vice President of the Republic
Ambassador
Vice President's advisor
Albania (Albanie) Alfred Moisiu
Fatos Nano
Sali Berisha
Rexhep Meidani
Mirella Moisiu
President of the Republic
Prime Minister
Former resident of the Republic
Former resident of the Republic
Daughter of the President of the Republic
Algeria (Algérie)
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Bouabdalla Ghoulamallah
Mokhtar Reguieg
President of the Republic
Minister of Religious Affairs
Ambassador
Germany (Allemagne) 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
Andorra (Andorre) Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Marc Forné Molné
Maria Lluisa Gispert de Forné
Juli Minoves-Triquell
Josep Angel Mortès Pons
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 (Antigua et Barbuda) Carl Roberts Ambassador
Saudi Arabia (Arabie Saoudite ) Abdulmohsin bin Abdulaziz Al-Akkas
Hamad Al-Hajri
Ibrahim Al-Manie
Minister of Social Affairs

Argentina (Argentine) 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 (Arménie) 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 (Australie) Michael Jeffery
Marlena Jeffery
Maria Cicutto
Robert Hunter
Ted Knez
Governor-General
Consort of the Governor-General


Embassy Counsellor
Palestinian National Authority (Autorité nationale palestinienne) Ahmed Qurei
Ghazi Hanania
Afif Safieh
Nimer Hammad
Mustafa Abu El-Rub
Prime Minister
Spokesman for the Legislative Council
Director of the Diplomatic Representation to the Holy See
General Delegate in Italy
Assistant to the Prime Minister
Austria (Autriche) Heinz Fischer
Margit Fischer
Wolfgang Schüssel
Hubert Gorbach
Andreas Khol
Federal President
First Lady
Federal Chancellor
Vice-Chancellor
President of the Chamber of Deputies

B

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Bangladesh Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf Food and Disaster Management Minister
Belgium (Belgique) H.M. King Albert II
H.M. Queen Paola
Guy Verhofstadt
Didier Reynders
Herman De Croo
King of the Belgians
Queen Consort
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
President of the Lower House
Burma (Birmanie) Khin Maung Aye
Charles Bo
Ambassador
Archbishop of Rangoon
Bοlivia Carlos Mesa
Valentín Abecia
President of the Republic
Ambassador
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnie-Herzégovine) Borislav Paravac
Šefik Džaferović
Bariša Čolak
President of the Presidency
President of Parliament
Deputy Prime Minister
Brazil (Brésil) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Itamar Franco
José Sarney
Marisa Letícia da Silva
Renan Calheiros
Severino Cavalcante
Nelson Jobim
President of the Republic
Former President
Former President
Former President
First Lady
President of the Senate
President of the House of Representatives
President of the Supreme Court
Bulgaria (Bulgarie)
Georgi Parvanov President of the Republic

C

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Canada Paul Martin
Sheila Martin
Stephen Harper
Phil Fontaine
Prime Minister
Wife of the Prime Minister
Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
Head of the Assembly of First Nations
Chile (Chili) 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 (Taiwan) (listed as Chine) Chen Shui-bian
Chen Tang-san
President
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Colombia (Colombie) Francisco Santos
María Victoria Santos
Vice-President of the Republic
Spouse of Vice-President of the Republic
Congo (Democratic Republic) Joseph Kabila
Jean-Pierre Bemba
President of the Republic
Vice-President of the Republic
South Korea (Corée du Sud) Lee Hai-chan Prime Minister
Costa Rica Abel Pacheco
Roberto Tovar Faja
President of the Republic
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Croatia (Croatie) 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

D

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Denmark (Danemark) H.M. Queen Margrethe II
HRH Prince Henrik
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Queen of Denmark
Prince Consort
Prime Minister of Denmark
Dominican Republic (République dominicaine) Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
Alejandrina Germán
Carlos Rafael Marión-Landais
First Lady
Secretary of Education
Ambassador to the Holy See

E

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Egypt (Égypte) Farouk Hosni minister of Culture
United Arab Emirates (Émirats arabes unis) Abdullah ibn Zayed Al Nahayan minister of Information
Spain (Espagne) HM King Juan Carlos I
HM Queen Sofía
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Mariano Rajoy
King of Spain
Queen
President of the Government
Minister of Foreign Affairs
leader of the opposition
Estonia (Estonie)
Arnold Rüütel president of the Republic
Ecuador (Équateur) Lucio Gutiérrez
Ximena Bohórquez
Patricio Zuquilanda
president of the Republic
"first lady"
minister of foreign affairs
United States (États-Unis d'Amérique) George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Condoleezza Rice
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
President of the United States
First Lady
U.S. Secretary of State
Father of the current, and also a former President
former President

F

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Finland (Finlande)
Matti Vanhanen prime minister
France Jacques Chirac
Bernadette Chirac
president of the Republic
spouse of the president of the Republic

G

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Ghana John Kufuor president of the Republic
Greece (Grèce) 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 (Guinée) Sidibé Fatoumata Kaba minister of foreign affairs
Equatorial Guinea (Guinée équatoriale) Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo president of the Republic

H

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Haiti (Haïti) Gérard Latortue prime minister
Honduras Ricardo Maduro president of the Republic
Hungary (Hongrie) Ferenc Mádl
Dalma Mádl
Ferenc Gyurcsány
Viktor Orbán
Katalin Szili
president of the Republic
"first lady"
prime minister
former prime minister
president of parliament

I

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
India (Inde) 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 (Indonésie)
Maftuh Basyuni
Freddy Numberi
Alwi Shihab
minister of religious affairs
minister of fisheries and maritime affairs
minister for people's welfare
Iran Mohammad Khatami President of Iran
Republic of Ireland (Irlande) Mary McAleese
Bertie Ahern
Mary Harney
Uachtarán na hÉireann (President)
Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
Tánaiste (Deputy-Prime Minister)
Israel (Israël) Moshe Katsav
Silvan Shalom
President of Israel
deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs
Italy (Italie) 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
"first lady"
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

J

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Japan (Japon)
Yoriko Kawaguchi advisor to the prime minister
Jordan (Jordanie) Abdullah II
Queen Rania
king
queen

K

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Kenya Chirau Ali Mwakwere minister of foreign affairs
Kuwait (Koweït) Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah member of the royal family

L

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Lesotho Letsie III
Monyane Moleleki
king
minister of foreign affairs
Latvia (Lettonie) Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga president of the Republic
Lebanon (Liban) Émile Lahoud
Omar Karami
Issam Fares
Nabih Berri
president of the Republic
prime minister
deputy prime minister
speaker of parliament
Liechtenstein HSH Prince Hans-Adam II
HSH Princess Marie
HSH Prince Nikolaus
The Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein
Princess Consort
Prince of Liechtenstein
Lithuania (Lituanie) Valdas Adamkus president of the Republic
Luxembourg HRH Grand Duke Henri
HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Jean-Claude Juncker
Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Grand Ducal Consort
Prime Minister of Luxembourg

M

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Macedonia (Macédoine) 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
Morocco (Maroc) Prince Moulay Rachid prince and brother of king Muhammad VI
Mauritius (Maurice) Paul Bérenger prime minister
Mexico (Mexique) Vicente Fox
Marta Sahagún de Fox
President of Mexico
First lady of Mexico
Monaco
Patrick Leclercq minister of state

N

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
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 (Norvège) H.M. Queen Sonja
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Queen Consort
Prime Minister of Norway
New Zealand (Nouvelle-Zélande) Dame Silvia Cartwright
Peter Cartwright
governor-general
Spouse of governor general

O

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Uganda (Ouganda) Gilbert Bukenya vice-president of the Republic

P

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Pakistan
Mohammad Ejaz-ul-Haq minister of religious affairs
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
Netherlands (Pays-Bas) Jan Peter Balkenende prime minister
Peru (Pérou) 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 Republic
"first daughter"
SSS chairman (former ambassador to Cambodia)
wife of House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr.
former ambassador to the Holy See
Poland (Pologne)
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
Puerto Rico (U.S.) Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
Luisa Gándara
Governor of Puerto Rico
"First Lady"

Q

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Qatar
Hamad ibn Khalifa Al Thani Emir

R

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Romania (Roumanie) Traian Băsescu
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Michael of Romania
Emil Constantinescu
Ion Iliescu
president of the Republic
prime minister
former king
former president of the Republic
former president of the Republic
United Kingdom (Royaume-Uni) HRH The Prince of Wales
Tony Blair
Cherie Blair
Michael Howard
Charles Kennedy
The Prince of Wales
Prime minister
Spouse of Prime Minister
Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition
Liberal Democrat leader
Russia (Russie)
Mikhail Fradkov prime minister
Rwanda Charles Murigande minister of foreign affairs

S

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
San Marino (Saint-Marin) 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
El Salvador (Salvador) Francisco Laínez
Ana Ligia 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
Senegal Abdoulaye Wade president of the Republic
Serbia and Montenegro (Serbie-et-Monténégro) Svetozar Marović
Vuk Drašković
Boris Tadić
Filip Vujanović
Ibrahim Rugova
Bajram Kosumi
Nexhat Daci
president of the Republic
minister of foreign affairs
president of Serbia
president of Montenegro
president of Kosovo
prime minister of Kosovo
president of parliament of Kosovo
Singapore Shunmugam Jayakumar
Walter Woon
Alexander Lim
deputy prime minister, minister of Law
ambassador to the Holy See
first secretary
Slovakia (Slovaquie)
Ivan Gašparovič
Pavol Hrušovský
Eduard Kukan
president of the Republic
president of Parliament
minister of foreign affairs
Slovenia (Slovénie)
Janez Drnovšek
Janez Janša
president of the Republic
prime minister
Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse
Milroy Fernando
prime minister
minister of Christian affairs
Sweden (Suède) H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf
H.M. Queen Silvia
Göran Persson
King of Sweden
Queen Consort
Prime Minister of Sweden
Switzerland (Suisse) Samuel Schmid president of the Confederation
Syria (Syrie) Bashar al-Assad
Asma al-Assad
president of the Republic
"first lady"

T

Country (order per French spelling) Flag Official delegation Title
Tanzania (Tanzanie) George Kahama Minister for Cooperative Development
Czech Republic (République Tchèque)
Václav Klaus
Cyril Svoboda
president of the Republic
minister of foreign affairs
Thailand (Thaïlande) Surakiart Sathirathai deputy prime minister
Tunisia (Tunisie) Mohamed Ghannouchi prime minister
Turkey (Turquie) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Mehmet Aydin
prime minister
minister of state

U

Country Flag Official delegation Title
Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko
Kateryna Yushchenko
president
"first lady"
Uruguay María Auxiliadora Delgado de Vázquez "first lady"

V

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

Z

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

Notes

  1. Commonly known as Taiwan: "China" refers to the Government of the Republic of China (ROC), rather than the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which does not have relations with the Holy See and did not receive any invitations to the funeral. Although the ROC Government resettled on Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War, the Holy See still recognizes the ROC, but not the PRC, as "China".
  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 organizations

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
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 leaders

Eastern Christian Churches

Protestant Churches

Jewish religious leaders

Unofficial delegations

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

Brazil

Individually invited (by the Holy See):

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

Canada

All representing Quebec

Philippines

United States

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

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