UK Minister for Europe, Leo Doherty, opened the new offices of the British Embassy to the Holy See yesterday, (Thursday 11th May), reinforcing the importance the UK Government places on its relationship with the Holy See.
Joined at the official opening by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States in the Holy See, the new premises are close to the Vatican.
The move underlines the importance of the UK – Holy See relationship, working together on climate change, the prevention of sexual violence in conflict, the promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief and tackling modern slavery.
Minister for Europe Leo Docherty, who has been the Conservative Member of Parliament since 2017, said:
“These new UK offices, close to the heart of the Vatican, are a powerful and physical reminder of the strength of our relationship with the Holy See, and of our desire to work together even more closely on the global challenges of our time.”
The British Ambassador to the Holy See has also moved into a new residence that is, uniquely amongst his colleagues, on Vatican soil.
The UK and the Holy See celebrated 40 years of full ambassadorial relations in 2022.