Pope appoints Nigerian Secretary of Dicastery for Evangelisation

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a Nigerian-born priest, has been named Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelisation, Section for First Evangelisation and the New Particular Churches by Pope Francis.

According to Vatican News, the papal appointment was announced on Wednesday by the Holy See Press Office.

Archbishop Nwachukwu, the titular Archbishop of Acquaviva, has served as the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Specialised Institutions in Geneva, as well as the World Trade Organization, since 17 December 2021.

He was also the Holy See's Representative to the International Organization for Migration.

Archbishop Nwachukwu was born on May 10, 1960, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria on June 17, 1984. He was later incardinated into the Diocese of Aba on April 2, 1990.

In 2012, late Pope Benedict XVI named him Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua and Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva.

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

According to Vatican News, Archbishop Nwachukwu was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Saint Lucia, Grenada, the Bahamas, Suriname, and Belize in 2018.

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