Monsignor Joseph Murphy, priest of the Diocese of Clogher, has been appointed to the position of Head of Protocol Office of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican.
The announcement was welcomed today by Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne who said, ‘This is a great personal honour for Monsignor Joe; and his family, the laity and clergy of the Diocese of Cloyne can take great delight in his new appointment. On this happy occasion I invite the faithful to join with me in prayer for God’s blessing on Monsignor Joe’s work in the service of the Holy See and the universal Church.’
Monsignor Murphy takes over the role from Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt, who was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Armenia and Georgia following his episcopal ordination on Monday 19 March.
Born in Cork in 1968, Monsignor Murphy was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cloyne in 1993. In 1997 he began administrative services at the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, before being transferred to the Section for Relations with States in September 2006. Monsignor Murphy also served as spiritual assistant to the Saints Peter and Paul Association. He speaks Irish, English, French and Italian.
The Protocol Office deals with relations with the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, with the procedures concerning the granting of the agrément for new Ambassadors, their reception when they arrive in Rome, their first protocol visits to the Substitute for General Affairs for the presentation of copies of their credential letters and to the Secretary for Relations with States, the official communication of the solemn Audience for the presentation of credential letters to the Pope and all the formalities relating to diplomatic personnel accredited to the Holy. It also deals with official requests for audiences with the Holy Father and the sending of temporary Pontifical Missions and envoys.