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Pope names Nigerian Archbishop as Secretary of Dicastery for Evangelization

File photo of Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu with Pope Francis (Photo credit: Vatican News)

On Wednesday, Pope Francis named Nigerian Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu to be the Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization, Section for First Evangelization, and the New Particular Churches.

63-year-old Archbishop Nwachukwu, the Titular  Archbishop of Acquaviva, is the Holy See's Representative to the International Organization for Migration.

Since December 17, 2021, Archbishop Nwachukwu has been the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva and the World Trade Organization.

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

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua in 2012.

The archbishop was Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Bahamas, Suriname, and Belize. - With inputs from Vatican News


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