Paul Richard Gallagher is the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States. He served in Fazakerley (UK) before taking courses at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He later earned a PhD in canon law. In 1984 he became a member of the Holy See’s diplomatic service. He held posts in Tanzania, Uruguay, the Philippines, the Vatican Secretariat of State and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. After years serving as Papal Nuncio in Burundi and in Guatemala, in 2012 he was appointed Papal Nuncio to Australia, a post he held until being appointed Secretary for Relations with States in November 2014 by Pope Francis.