Archbishop Eamon Martin has warmly welcomed the appointment by Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Okolo as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.
“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,” Archbishop Eamon said.
The Vatican announced the appointment of Dr Okolo in a communique at the weekend. The 60-year old prelate is a native of Nigeria and has served in the Vatican’s diplomatic service for more than 30 years.
He is expected to present his credentials to President Michael D. Higgins next month at a ceremony in Dublin.
Archbishop Okolo speaks seven languages including English and his interests include sacred music, piano, reading and table tennis. Until now, he has served as the Pope’s representative in the Dominican Republic.