, 04 May, 2020 / 12:59 AM
Pope Francis on Sunday, May 3 appointed Msgr. Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, a native of Poland who has been serving as nunciature counsellor, as his representative in Ghana.
The Accra-based Apostolic Nunciature has been vacant since March 2019 when the Holy Father transferred Archbishop Jean Marie-Speich to Kosovo after serving in the West African country for six years.
The appointment also elevates Msgr. Henryk to an Archbishop.
Msgr. Henryk’s appointment, announced Sunday, May 3, makes him the ninth Apostolic Nuncio.
A Clergy of Poland’s Kielce Diocese, the 51-year-old prelate was ordained a priest in June 1995.
He entered the Holy See diplomatic service in 2001. Since then he has served in the Pontifical Representations in Belarus, Croatia and India as well as the Vatican’s Section for Relations with States in the Secretariat of State.
From 2018 until his May 3 appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, he was assigned as First Counsellor in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
The Prelate speaks his native language Polish, Italian, French, English, Croatian, Russian and Spanish.
The announcement made simultaneously at the Vatican and at the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra by Fr. Lazarus Anondee, the appointment has attracted online reactions from Ghanaians on social media
“I anticipate that the new Nuncio to Ghana will touch base with the grassroots, that's the lay people, institutions and other relevant bodies for fair and balance opinion and ideas on the happenings in the Catholic Church in Ghana,” commented Korshie Mawuelikplim, a youth of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese, on his Facebook page.
Alex Dogba commented, “I pray he will focus on building the local Church and faith. Make his presence felt and guide the Bishop Conference from its political stances on some issues,”
“We thank the Almighty God. We're grateful to Pope Francis. We hope our new nuncio will help strengthen the faith of our people especially during this era of the coronavirus,” said Paula Jiagge in a Facebook post.
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