Mehriban Aliyeva awarded Order of Pope Pius IX
First Vice President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva became the Dame of the Order of Pope Pius IX, one of the highest papal orders of chivalry.
The award ceremony took place after an audience with Pope Francis, the Holy See press service reported. "At the end of the meetings at the Vatican’s State Secretariat, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius IX to the wife of the President of Azerbaijan. The award marked her activity and contribution to the promotion of culture, including in collaboration with the Holy See institutions," TASS quotes the message of the Vatican.