The Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States has affirmed the Vatican’s support for Andorra’s unique form of government, in which a bishop serves as co-prince.
Since 1278, the leader of France and the bishop of Urgell, Spain,
have been co-princes of Andorra, though in recent decades the nation’s
head of government has been elected by parliament.
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, while on a visit to Andorra, said
that the people of the nation have the right to decide their own form of
government and predicted that the institution of the co-principality
will last for “many more centuries.”