Unic Press UK: Nigerian-born Jude Thaddeus Okolo who is an Archbishop of the Catholic Church has been appointed the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland by Pope Francis. The appointment was made on Saturday, the 13th May 2017.
This is the first time in history that an African will serve as the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.
With this appointment, Archbishop Okolo will be Vatican’s new diplomatic representative in Ireland when he starts during the summer.
“His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was born in Kano, Nigeria, on the 18 December 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood on 2 July 1983 for the Diocese of Nnewi. Archbishop Jude undertook his post-graduate studies in Rome, and concluded with a doctorate in Canon Law. Called to the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See, he began his first assignment in June 1990, in Sri Lanka. Later, he served in the following Pontifical Representations: Haiti, the Antillean Islands (including Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Jamaica, etc.), Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Australia. Archbishop Okolo was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Central African Republic and Chad on the 2 August 2008. Subsequently, on 7 October 2013, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate in Puerto Rico. Archbishop Okolo speaks Igbo, English, French, Italian, Czech, Spanish and German. His interests include sacred music, piano, reading and table tennis.” (Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference: 13th May 2017)