Niamey, 26 April, 2020 / 5:07 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso, Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty will extend his representative role to cover the landlocked West African country of Niger, officials at the Vatican announced.
Archbishop Crotty’s extended service to Niger was made public Saturday, April 25 and published by the Holy See Press Office.
Appointed to represent the Holy Father in Burkina Faso at the beginning of February after having served as the First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature in Spain since 2017, the Irish Prelate will be taking over from Archbishop Piergiorgio Bertoldi who was transferred to Mozambique in March 2019.
As Nuncio to Niger, Archbishop Crotty will continue to reside in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. Both countries form the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN).
A priest of Ireland's Cloyne Diocese, the 50-year-old Archbishop Crotty was ordained a priest in July 1994.