Archbishop Paul Gallagher on four-day diplomatic visit to Montenegro

Starting yesterday, 21st March, and lasting until Sunday, 24th March, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, will visit Montenegro.

During his stay in the Balkan country, the Liverpool-based archbishop will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The visit was announced on X via @TerzaLoggia, the official account of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

The Archbishop’s visit comes at the invitation of Filip Ivanović, Montenegro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, whom he met on Thursday.

Scheduled for today (Friday) are meetings with Jakov Milatović, President of the Republic, followed by encounters with Andrija Mandić, President of the Parliament, and Milojko Spajić, Prime Minister.

On the same day, Archbishop Gallagher will attend the opening of the Session of the Joint Commission for implementing the Basic Agreement between the Holy See and Montenegro.

A highlight of his visit will be an encounter with the Catholic community of the Diocese of Kotor on Saturday, 23rd March, when he will celebrate Mass at St. Tryphon Cathedral.

On Sunday, the final day of his journey, Archbishop Gallagher is set to meet with the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Bar and celebrate the Eucharist in the Co-cathedral of St. Peter.