Nigerian archbishop appointed papal nuncio to Ireland
Jude Thaddeus Okolo is first African priest to hold church’s diplomatic role in State
Ireland’s new papal nuncio Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo speaks English, French, Italian, Igbo, Spanish and German. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office
Pope Francis: appointed Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as papal nuncio to Ireland. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images
The apostolic nuncio is the papacy’s diplomatic representative in Ireland.
The news was welcomed by Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, who said he wished 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,” he said.
Before becoming an apostolic nuncio, he had worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See, where he was stationed in Sri Lanka, before going on to be a pontifical representative in Hati, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Australia and the Antilles.
The archbishop speaks English, French, Italian, Igbo, Spanish and German.