Francis is putting his stamp on the Roman Curia

Each new move reveals more about the pope's vision for the Church
Francis is putting his stamp on the Roman Curia

Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on October (Credit: Mazur/

The latest round of major appointments to top positions in the Vatican hierarchy shows that change is afoot as Pope Francis puts his stamp on the Roman Curia.

But the transitions are clearly designed to bring about a change of mentality more than a simple restructuring of Vatican departments.

On November 8, Pope Francis carried out a series of appointments that look to be a prelude to the complete reshaping of the curia.

The Pope has named British Archbishop Paul Gallagher at the Vatican's secretary for Relations with States, replacing French Moroccan Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

Archbishop Mamberti, in turn, moves to the Church’s highest court, the Apostolic Signatura, where American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is outgoing to the Order of Malta.

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Each move reveals more about Pope Francis' vision for the Church.

Archbishop Gallagher's appointment as “Secretary for Relations with States” signals that a new diplomatic course is underway with Pope Francis.

Gallagher is a long-standing diplomat, who has served in the nunciature of the Council of Europe and as the papal ambassador, or nuncio, to Burundi and Guatemala. Most recently he was serving as nuncio to Australia. He is considered an astute, open-minded and humble worker.

He has also been chosen because of his ability to fulfill the new diplomatic criteria: Church diplomats under Pope Francis are being urged to reduce the distance between themselves and mainstream society, engaging the secular world more in conversation.


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Source: Catholic News Agency

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