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Gerard O'Connell: Pope Appoints Archbishop Gallagher as Secretary for Relations with States, Replaces Cardinal Burke with Archbishop Mamberti

8. Nov. 2014

Gerard O'Connell, America Magazine, skriver bl.a.:

In a series of top level changes in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has appointed the English-born Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher as Secretary for Relations with States – the third highest position in the Vatican.    

He succeeds the Moroccan-born Archbishop Dominque Mamberti who has held this post since 15 September 2006, whom the Pope has promoted to be Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Segnatura ( a position equivalent to that of a Chief Justice). 

Mamberti, a civil and canon lawyer, succeeds the American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who has served in that role since 27 June 2008 but was not confirmed in the post after completing the statutory five year term of office.  Cardinal Burke has been re-assigned to be Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. 

Archbishop Gallagher is the first Englishman ever to hold such a position, and comes to this important role – the equivalent to that of a Foreign Minister - with thirty years of distinguished experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See, in a wide variety of situations on all continents

The sixty-year old friendly, astute and courageous Gallagher, whose motto is “Walk humbly with God”,  has served in the Holy See’s missions in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, as Observer at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and then as nuncio to Burundi, Guatemala and Australia,  where he was at the time of his new appointment.

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Wikipedia: Paul Gallagher

Wikipedia: Dominique Mamberti