Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, 60, has just been appointed by Pope Francis, as the apostolic nuncio to Ireland, the first African priest to hold the role.
Note that 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,” the Irish Times reported.
“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.
Dr Okolo will take up the role during the summer, and replaces outgoing papal nuncio Charles Brown, who finished his term in March and is moving to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post.