The position of Apostolic Nuncio is the Vatican’s diplomatic representative to a given country.
The 60 year old archbishop is due to take up the role during the summer after relocating from Kano, Nigeria.
Archbishop Okolo was born in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1983.
He holds a doctorate in Canon Law.
His 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.
Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, 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.The outgoing papal nuncio to Ireland Charles Brown will move to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post.
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.
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