The Holy See’s new Ambassador to the Antilles is Nigeria-born Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu. News of the papal appointment was made public last Saturday (November 4) at noon, Rome time. He has replaced Archbishop Nicola Girasoli who left in early August for his new assignment as the Nuncio to Peru.
A letter from the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) to the bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference stated that an arrival date for the new Nuncio was to be determined.
Archbishop Nwachukwu, born on May 10,1960, is the Titular Archbishop of Acquaviva and for the past five years has served as the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, Central America. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1984, with incardination in the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria. He possesses a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology, and a Doctorate in Canon Law.
He served in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Ghana, Paraguay, Algeria, at the UN Offices and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, and at the Secretariat of State at the Vatican – Section of Relation with States. Between 2007 and 2012 he was the Chief of Protocol of the Secretariat of State (Vatican).
Archbishop Nwachukwu is a polyglot (multilingual) as he speaks fluent English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Hebrew and Arabic.