12 Nov 2012


The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, chief of protocol at the Secretariat of State, as Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua. A priest of the Diocese of Aba in Nigeria, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Urban University, Rome), and completed a Doctorate in Sacred Scriptures at the Biblical Institute in Rome, before transferring to the Jesuit Faculty, Sankt Georgen, in Frankfurt, specializing in Old Testament textual criticism. He obtained doctorate degrees in Systematic Theology and in Canon Law, respectively from the Pontifical Urban University and the University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was called into the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1994, after attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. He served as Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciatures in Ghana, Togo and Benin, in Paraguay, in Algeria and Tunisia and as Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations at Geneva. In 2006 he became the Desk Officer for human rights and United Nations Organizations in the Vatican Secretariat of State. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Protocol of the Secretariat of State of His Holiness. His publications include The Birth of Systematic Theology in Contemporary Black Africa, The Courage to Change: Take Off Your Shoes, as well as numerous articles and a number of reflections on theology in Africa, published both in L’Osservatore Romano and various periodicals. He speaks various languages including English, Italian, German, Modern Hebrew, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Hearty congratulations to Monsignor!! A German adage says that the reward for good work is more work. And that explains why he has continued to climb in status and responsibilities. The best is yet to come. May the good Lord continue to guide and protect him, and may His graces continue to move him from strength to strength, to the glory of His name and the good of all mankind, Amen. 

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