Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (60) to the role of apostolic nuncio to Ireland, the first African priest to ever hold the diplomatic role in Ireland.
The news was welcomed by Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, “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”.
The position of Apostolic Nuncio is the papacy’s diplomatic representative in Ireland.
“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” Archbishop Martin said.
Archbishop Okolo will take up the role during the summer, and replaces the outgoing apostolic nuncio to Ireland Charles Brown, who finished his term in March and will now move to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post.
He has formerly served as an apostolic nuncio to the Central African Republic and Chad in 2008, and then as the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the Dominican Republic in 2013.
Archbishop Okolo speaks English, French, Italian, Igbo, Spanish and German.
Before becoming a apostolic nuncio, Jude Thaddeus Okolo 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 Antillean Islands.
It does not really matter who the papal nuncio to Ireland is - Charlie Brown - Okolo or Mickey Mouse.
Every papal nuncio is simply a mouthpiece for the curia in the Roman Catholic Church based at The Vatican.
They are all "company men" who will always toe the line.
There is no such a thing as a RADICAL papal nuncio.
Why the Vatican ambassador has to be a priest and an archbishop is beyond me.
Priests are supposed to be out ministering to a flock - not dabbling in politics and bring stories back to Rome.
As a Nigerian Okolo will probable be a conservative and right wing RC.
As somebody said on yesterday's blog the Nigerians are famous for being homopbobic.
I wonder will that mean anything for Gaynooth?
I wonder will it affect Dermo ordaining Gorgeous.
We will see.
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We should have it up and going within a day or two - complete with contacts etc.