Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas, co-Founder of the Consular Chamber of Commerce and North American Director of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), was among twelve consuls invited to the Vatican on May 11, 2011. Consul Biggs Sparkuhl was accompanied by Consular Chamber co-Founder Jonathan Warren, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Las Vegas.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received the FICAC Gold Star, which has been awarded by FICAC only to distinguished world leaders. The framed presentation will hang in the Vatican Museum, which FICAC President Hon. Arnold Foote, Jr. said “will always serve as a reminder of the highest recognition ever received by the World Federation of Consuls.”
Other invited consul members of the FICAC Board of Directors flew to the event their homes in Thailand, Cyprus, Turkey, Jamaica, Monaco, Greece, Philippines, India and Brazil.
FICAC is a global federation of consular organizations. A United Nations-recognized NGO, the group has served to preserve and maintain the honorary consul as the oldest form of bilateral diplomacy, and promotes adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.