Ivory Coast Gets Apostolic Nuncio, A Second Appointment This Year

Archbishop Paolo Borgia, newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast
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Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paolo Borgia Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast with residence in Abidjan, the second appointment he is making this year after Archbishop Anté Jozić failed to take up his functions as a result of an accident.

The government of Ivory Coast confirmed the appointment of Archbishop Borgia in a communique at the end of their cabinet meeting of Wednesday September 25.

Recently elevated to the rank of Apostolic Nuncio and Titular Archbishop of Milazzo (Italy), the Archbishop had been serving as Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

The 53-year-old Prelate was born in Manfredonia (Italy) and was ordained priest in April 1999 having been incardinated in the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Southern Italy.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on in December 2001. He has served in the Pontifical Representations in the Central African Republic, Mexico, Israel and Lebanon.

He also served in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State and in the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

He speaks 4 languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Archbishop Borgia is the 12th Apostolic Nuncio to be appointed in Ivory Coast after Archbishops Giovanni Mariani (1972), Wüstenberg (1973), Justo Mullor García (1979), Antonio Mattiazzo (1985), Janusz Bolonek (1989), Luigi Ventura (74) (1995), Mario Zenari (1999), Mario Roberto Cassari (2004), Ambrose Madtha (2008), Joseph Spiteri (2013) and Anté Jozić (Feb. 2019).

ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.

Father Don Bosco Onyalla
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