A speech by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States.
Explaining the Pope’s focus for the year ahead, Archbishop Gallagher will cover the ways in which Pope Francis intends to work with the international community and proactively engage in diplomacy.
Particular areas of interest will be Colombia where the Pope believes a peaceful settlement can be found, and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East including the conflict in Syria and the refugee crisis and its impact on Europe.
Speaking on the work of the Holy See, which has diplomatic relations with 180 countries, as well as a global network of 5,000 Bishops and 400,000 priests, Archbishop Gallagher will explore the Holy See’s special ability to conduct diplomacy across the world on some of the most sensitive issues.
Archbishop Gallaher is the first ever British national to hold the position of Holy See Secretary for Relations with States, and is an experienced diplomat, having served in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, and as Observer to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, before succeeding the assassinated Archbishop Michael Courtney in Burundi in 2004. In 2009 he was posted to Guatemala, where he was closely involved in the support of the Church for the country’s post-civil war peace process, and in 2012 Gallagher was appointed Nuncio to Australia. He took up his current position in January 2014.