Prelates Named for Apostolic Signatura and Secretary for Relations With States

1st Native English-Speaker to Hold Post of Vatican’s ‘Foreign Minister’

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Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who was serving as the secretary for Relations with States in the Vatican Secretariat of State, has been appointed the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Archbishop Mamberti will be succeeded by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, a native of Liverpool. Archbishop Gallagher is the first native English-speaker to hold this role, which is basically that of the Vatican’s foreign minister.

Archbishop Mamberti is replacing Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Wisconsin native who served as bishop of LaCrosse and archbishop of St. Louis before being moved to Rome. The cardinal has been named patron of the Order of Malta.

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