Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu was appointed as the pope’s representative for the Antilles Episcopal Conference in November 2017. Catholic News writer/copy editor Simone Delochan interviewed His Grace earlier this year to find out more about this learned man of the cloth. Part one of this series appeared in the October 14 issue; part two, October 21.
Archbishop Nwachukwu did not begin his formation as a diplomat. He was sent to Rome by his bishop in 1986 to specialise in biblical sciences, spending four years in biblical exegesis at the Biblical Institute of Rome: three years doing the licentiate and a further year on his pre-doctorate.
When he began the doctoral thesis, he moved to Frankfurt, Germany, pursuing textual criticism of the Old Testament under the guidance of the renowned German professor, Fr Norbert Lohfink SJ. “My field of specialisation was in trying to identify the original text of Deuteronomy. I was therefore working between texts of Deuteronomy in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Latin.” This he did for 18 months before he was called to Rome and the academy.