Paul Gallagher (bishop)

Paul Gallagher (bishop)

The Most Reverend
Paul Gallagher
Secretary for Relations with States
Appointed 8 November 2014
Predecessor Dominique Mamberti
Other posts Titular Archbishop of Hodlem (2004-)
Ordination 31 July 1977
by Derek John Harford Worlock
Consecration 13 March 2004
by Angelo Sodano
Personal details
Birth name Paul Richard Gallagher
Born (1954-01-23) 23 January 1954
Liverpool, U.K.
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Motto In omnibus caritas ("In all things love")
Styles of
Paul Gallagher
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop

Paul Richard Gallagher (b. 23 January 1954) is the current Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, a position to which he was appointed on 8 November 2014.[1]


Early life

He was born in Liverpool, England, and was educated at St. Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton.[2] Ordained by Archbishop Derek Worlock on 31 July 1977 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, he served in Fazakerley, before taking courses at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He later earned a doctorate in canon law, becoming a member of the Holy See's diplomatic service on 1 May 1984.

Episcopate and career

He held posts in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, the Vatican Secretariat of State and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. He was appointed Counselor, First Class, on 1 May 1997, when working at the Nunciature in Burundi. He worked in its Second Section, from 1995 to 2000 at the same time as the present Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.

The Vatican announced his appointment as the Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi in January 2004.[1] His residence in that country was bombed in 2008.[3]

He was appointed nuncio to Guatemala in 2009.[4] Ruth Gledhill, the religious affairs correspondent of the London Times, mentioned him as a possible candidate for the position of Archbishop of Westminster in succession to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor,.[5] However, the successor, announced on 3 April 2009, was Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

On 11 December 2012, he was appointed as the Papal Nuncio to Australia, a post he held until being made Secretary for Relations with States on 8 November 2014 by Pope Francis.[6]

Archbishop Gallagher speaks native English, near-native Italian, and fluent French and Spanish.


  1. ^ "Edward Pentin, "Cardinal Burke to Malta, Mamberti to Apostolic Signatura", 8 November 2014". National Catholic Register. 
  2. ^ "The Interview: The Apostolic Nuncio".  
  3. ^ Burundi Rebels Launch New Attacks on Capital by VOA News, 23 April 2008
  4. ^ Archbishop Gallagher to Guatemala, Father Timothy Finnegan
  5. ^ Pope may impose his man as English Catholic leader, Ruth Gledhill, The Times, 21 March 2009
  6. ^ "Archbishop Gallagher: A priest and a diplomat".  

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Ludger Dupré
Titular Archbishop of Hodelm
22 January 2004–present
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Courtney
Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi
22 January 2004–19 February 2009
Succeeded by
Franco Coppola
Preceded by
Bruno Musarò
Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala
19 February 2009–11 December 2012
Succeeded by
Nicolas Thévenin
Preceded by
Giuseppe Lazzarotto
Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
11 December 2012–8 November 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Dominique Mamberti
Secretary for Relations with States
8 November 2014–present