The Vatican Secretariat of State, headed by His Most Reverend Eminence Card. Secretary of State Pietro PAROLIN, consists of:
- Section for General Affairs or the First Section: the equivalent of a Ministry for Internal Affairs which manages and coordinates all offices of the Holy See. Substitute: His Eminence Most Reverend Mons. Giovanni Angelo BECCIU
- Section for Relations with States or the Second Section: equivalent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which manages relations with foreign States and international bodies, including the Diplomatic Representations of the Holy See. Secretary: His Most Reverend Excellency Msgr. Paul Richard GALLAGHER
- Protocol Office: which, amongst other duties, also manages relations with the Diplomatic Body accredited at the Holy See (from the arrival of Ambassadors in Rome, to the first courtesy visits and all other formalities which are undertaken by diplomatic officials)
The office opening hours of the Secretariat of State are: from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 1:30pm and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm
For the Embassies: persons responsible and duties
For general affairs of the Diplomatic Corps the office responsible is the General Affairs Office of the Secretariat of State, although in actual fact the two departments and the Protocol Office interact and intervene depending on the need at hand.
For Vatican protocol procedures which are required by an Embassy (e.g.: Vatican diplomatic card, purchase card for Spacci Annonari