Pope appoints a Nigerian as Secretary for Evangelisation

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Abuja, March 15, 2023 – Pope Francis has appointed a Nigerian, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, as the new Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelisation, Section for First Evangelisation and the New Particular Churches.

The Holy See Press Office announced the papal appointment on Wednesday.

Nwachukwu, the titular Archbishop of Acquaviva, has served as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Specialised Institutions in Geneva and to the World Trade Organisation since Dec. 17, 202.

He also served as the Representative of the Holy See to the International Organisation for Migration.

Nwachukwu was born on May 10, 1960 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Umuahia, Abia State in Nigeria on June 17, 1984.

He was later incardinated into the Diocese of Aba on April 2, 1990.

Late Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua and made him the Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva in 2012.

He later served in the Antilles from 2017 as the Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, as well as to Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, and Guyana. (GBN)

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