Polish-born Cleric Appointed Nuncio in Madagascar, Apostolic Delegate in Comoro Islands

Mons. Tomasz Grysa, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar and Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands by Pope Francis on 27 September 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Tomasz Grysa, a native of Poland who has been serving as a Counselor in Apostolic Nunciatures, as his representative in Madagascar and as Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands.

The Antananarivo-based Apostolic Nunciature has been vacant since August 2022 when the Holy Father transferred Archbishop Paolo Rocco Gualtieri to Peru.

Mons. Grysa’s appointment as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar was announced Tuesday, September 27 and published by the Holy See Press Office

The appointment also elevates him to the titular see of Rubicon with the dignity of Archbishop.

Born in Poznań in Poland in October 1970, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar was ordained a Priest on 25 May 1995 and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Poznań.


Mons. Grysa, served as First Counsellor at the Holy See Mission to the United Nations for three years, and also in the same capacity at the Apostolic Delegation of the Holy See in Jerusalem.

The graduate in Canon Law who speaks French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 2001.

Since then, Archbishop-elect Grysa served in various Apostolic Nunciatures, including the Russian Federation, India, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, Israel and Palestine. 

Established initially as Apostolic Delegation of Madagascar in May 1960, it was elevated to the Apostolic Nunciature of Madagascar in 1967.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.