Catholic church Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, a Nigerian priest as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland for the first time.
The 60 year old archbishop is due to take up the role during the summer after relocating from Kano, Nigeria.
According to vetican city, The position of Apostolic Nuncio is the Vatican’s diplomatic representative to a given country.
Thaddeus Okolo first assignment in the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See was in Sri Lanka,he then went on to become a pontifical representative in Hati, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Australia and the Antillean Islands.
He speaks Igbo, English, French, Italian, Czech, Spanish and German respectively.
The Archbishop Okolo was born in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1983,he holds a doctorate in Canon Law. In appreciation Message, Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, said:
warmly welcome the appointment by His Holiness Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and I wish him many blessings in his new role.
Archbishop Okolo’s rich experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See means that he brings many gifts to bear on his new mission in Ireland.