Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest permanent representative to UN
Pope Francis has appointed a Nigerian priest from the Catholic Diocese of Abia, in Abia State, an Apostolic Nuncio to the West Indies, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as a permanent observer of the Holy See – the Vatican – to the United Nations Office and specialized agencies in Geneva.
Pope Francis has also appointed Bishop Nwachukwu Permanent Observer to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Vatican Representative for International Migration
The appointment is contained in a press release from the Office of the Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of the Antilles, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, December 17, 2021, where Bishop Nwachukwu is currently serving as apostolic nuncio.
Until his appointment, Archbishop Nwachukwu was transferred from Nicaragua to the current mission in Trinidad and Tobago on November 4, 2017 and took office on March 19, 2018.
According to the new appointment, Bishop Nwachukwu will remain in charge of the Mission in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the West Indies, until his departure for the new mission at the United Nations in early March 2022.
Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu was born on May 10, 1960 in Umuokoro, Eziama-Ntigha, in the local government area of Isia-Ala Ngwa North of Abia State.
He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Aba, in the State of Abia, ordained on June 17, 1984.
In January 1972, he was admitted to the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Ahiaeke Umuahia, at the age of 11.
Three years later, in 1975, he and some of his classmates were allowed to take the last GCE in London, before the West African Examination Council (WAEC) took over the organization of the final exams. secondary studies. His result was excellent.
He then taught mathematics and Latin in the same seminary until 1977, when he was sent to continue his priestly training at the newly opened Philosophy Faculty of Bigard Memorial Seminary at Ikot Ekpene.
From 1980 to 1984, he completed his seminary training at the Faculty of Theology of the same Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu.
He passed his Bachelor of Theology exams with a summa cum laude and was honored to deliver the farewell speech at his class graduation. That same year 1984, on June 17, the late Bishop of Umuahia, Rt. Reverend Anthony Gogo Nwedo, CSSp., Ordained him a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Umuahia, at the Parish Church of St. Eugene of ‘Aba. It will then be transferred to the Diocese of Aba when it was created in 1990.
After his priestly ordination, Fr. Fortunatus worked as a teacher and later as vice-rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Umuahia, as well as parish vicar and administrator of the parish of St. Anne, Ibeku (1984-1986).
At the same time, he was director of diocesan vocations, as well as chaplain of the Federal College of Agriculture and the Umuahia campus of the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, both in Umudike-Umuahia.
In 1986, he was sent to Rome for specialization studies. He studied the scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule, Sankt Georgen, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Archbishop Nwachukwu speaks and understands several languages, beyond his native language, Igbo, including English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, modern Hebrew and some Arabic, as well as some ancient languages of biblical research namely, Latin, Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic.
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