|Secretary for Relations with States|
|Appointed||8 November 2014|
|Other posts||Titular Archbishop of Hodelm (2004-present)|
|Ordination||31 July 1977|
by Derek Worlock
|Consecration||13 March 2004|
by Angelo Sodano
|Birth name||Paul Richard Gallagher|
|Born||23 January 1954|
Liverpool, United Kingdom
|Previous post||Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi (2004-2009)|
Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala (2009-2012)
Apostolic Nuncio to Australia (2012-2014)
|Alma mater||Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy|
|Motto||In omnibus caritas|
In all things love
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
Paul Richard Gallagher, GCIH (born 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.
He was born in Liverpool, England, and was educated at St Francis Xavier's College in Woolton. 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.
He held posts in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, and the Vatican Secretariat of State. 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.
Ruth Gledhill, the religious affairs correspondent of The Times, mentioned him as a possible candidate for the position of Archbishop of Westminster in succession to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. However, the successor, announced on 3 April 2009, was Archbishop Vincent Nichols.
In 2015 a comprehensive agreement was signed by the Holy See and Palestine which may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties. The text of the treaty was agreed upon 13 May, and the document was signed 26 June in the Apostolic Palace by Gallagher and by Riad al-Malki, minister of foreign affairs of Palestine. Gallagher voiced hope "that the present agreement may in some way be a stimulus to bringing a definitive end to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which continues to cause suffering for both parties. I also hope that the much desired two-state solution may become a reality as soon as possible."
In an interview, Gallagher said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed in 2015 is seen positively because it believes that controversies and difficulties must always be resolved through dialogue and negotiation. The deal reached is the result of years of negotiations over a question that had caused a great deal of concern. The fact that the solution found satisfies all sides is a very positive thing. Clearly, this agreement will require the continued efforts and commitment of everyone if it is to bear fruit. It is significant that there is a mutual trust between the Parties.
In a February 2016 interview he said, "Let's not be kidding ourselves about what the stakes are here: If we are going to bring peace, if we are going to reconcile nations, if we are going to secure countries and communities, particularly minorities, particularly people who are persecuted, we are going to have to make an unprecedented effort," Gallagher speaking specifically of the crisis in Syria and Iraq, where so-called Islamic State militants have captured large swaths of territory and driven out tens of thousands of Christians and members of other minority groups, Gallagher said he is hopeful for a resolution of the conflict".
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|Catholic Church titles|
Thomas Ludger Dupré
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Archbishop of Hodelm
| Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi
| Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala
| Apostolic Nuncio to Australia
Adolfo Tito Yllana
| Secretary for Relations with States