By Godfrey AKON
Pope Francis has appointed a Nigerian Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Aba, Abia State, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See, Vatican, to the United Nations Office and Specialized Institutions in Geneva.
Nwachukwu was also appointed as Permanent Observer to the World TradeOrganisation, WTO, and the Representative of the Vatican to the International MigrationsOrganisation, IOM.
This was disclosed in statement by the Office of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Secretariat, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobbago onFriday December 17, 2021, where Nwachukwu is currently serving as Apostolic Nuncio.
Following his new appointment, Nwachukwu will remain in charge of the Mission in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and Antilles, until he departs for the new mission at the United Nations at the beginning of March 2022.
Fortunatus Nwachukwu was born on 10 May 1960 in Umuokoro, Eziama-Ntigha, in Isia-Ala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State.
He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Aba, in Abia State, ordained on 17 June, 1984.
Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest as Permanent Representative to UN