In the Vatican, a New Section Created at the Secretariat of State

Source: FSSPX News

Mgr. Jan Romeo Pawlowski.

On November 21, 2017, Pope Francis instituted a third section at the Secretariat of State. Its purpose is essential: it is to look more directly after the apostolic nuncios representing the Holy See throughout the world.


Until now, the Secretariat of State, with Cardinal Pietro Parolin at its head, was composed of two sections.

The first, consecrated to General Affairs, deals essentially with the correspondence and daily service of the Holy Father, as well as with nominations in the Curia and papal representations. It is also in charge of the Holy See’s official communication organs. It is directed by the Substitute for General Affairs, Archbishop Angelo Becciu.

The second, dedicated to the Holy See’s relations with States, a sort of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is administered by the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

The new section, entitled “Section for the Diplomatic Staff of the Holy See”, has been entrusted to Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski, archbishop of Sejny in Poland.

The former apostolic nuncio to the Congo and Gabon was nominated Delegate for the Pontifical Representations on November 7, 2015. As such, he was already in charge of managing the apostolic nuncios throughout the world. In making his responsibilities its own section, Pope Francis is following one of the suggestions from the group of nine cardinals in charge of reforming the Curia.

The goal of the new section, explains the Vatican, will be to manifest the “closeness and attention” of the Holy Father and the Secretariat of State to the diplomatic personnel. Archbishop Pawlowski will ensure the choice and formation of the nuncios, their living conditions, and the quality of their service