Renée LaReau | October 2, 2018
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for relations with states at the Holy See, will deliver the 2018 Keeley Vatican Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 2) in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.
Archbishop Gallagher’s lecture, “The Catholic Church in the European Project,” is sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The lecture will be free and open to the public.
Archbishop Gallagher was born in Liverpool and attended St. Francis Xavier’s (Jesuit) College in Woolton. He attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and joined the Vatican’s diplomatic service in 1984. In that service Gallagher has held positions in Tanzania, Uruguay, war-torn Burundi and Guatemala, the Philippines and the Council of Europe.
In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rev. Gallagher to serve as his papal nuncio to Australia, a position he held until Pope Francis appointed him secretary of state in 2014. The Secretariat of State is responsible for the Holy See’s network of nunciatures and diplomatic missions to states and international organizations around the world.
Rev. Gallagher is the first Briton to hold this high a position in the Vatican’s foreign affairs. In his capacity as secretary, he has been an advocate for peace, ecumenism, the abolition of the death penalty, and the importance of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.
Known for his gregarious personality and extensive global experience, the archbishop will speak at Notre Dame on the Catholic Church’s relationship to “the European Project” during a time of turbulence in European and global affairs.
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