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New Premises Are Opened of the British Embassy to the Holy See

On Thursday, May 11, Leo Doherty, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Europe, opened the new offices of the British Embassy to the Holy See, 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, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, the new premises are close to the Vatican. The UK’s Minister for Europe stressed that his visit underlines the strength of the UK-Holy See relationship, including cooperation on climate change, freedom of religion or belief and modern slavery.

Leo Doherty, said: “These new UK offices, closed 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 among his colleagues, on Vatican soil. The United Kingdom and the Holy See celebrated 40 years of full diplomatic relations in 2022.