A Nigerian Archbishop, ‘Jude Thaddeus Okolo’ has been appointed as the Vatican's representative to Ireland by Pope Francis for the first time in history.
Thaddeus Okolo who was named as the Apostolic Nuncio by Pope Francis will resume duties this summer following a relocation from Kano state in Nigeria. He is set to replace outgoing papal nuncio to Ireland, ‘Charles Brown’ who will move to Albania to take up a new diplomatic role.
Archbishop of Armagh, ‘Eamon Martin’ took out time to congratulate Bishop Okolo on his new appointment.
Bishop Eamon said;
"I 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. I pray that his time among us as the representative of the Holy Father will be blessed and fruitful".
The 61-year old holds a doctorate in Canon Law and is very fluent in Ibo, Italian, French, Czech, German and Spanish.
Archbishop Okolo was ordained a priest in 1983 at the age of 27 and has gone on to become a pontifical representative in Australia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Antillean Islands as well as Haiti.