Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to Republic of Congo and Gabon

Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Congo and Gabon and assigned him the Titular See of Vulturara in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

The appointment of the Msgr. Herrera was published by the Holy See Press Office Saturday, February 5.

A native of Mexico, the Archbishop-elect was born in May 1968. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Autlán for which he was ordained a Priest on 21 September 1993.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 2003 and has, over the years, served in Apostolic Nunciatures in Pakistan, Peru, Kenya, Great Britain, and the Philippines.

The holder of a degree in Canon Law who is fluent in English, Italian, and French has been serving at the Holy See Study Mission in Hong Kong for over a decade and has been at the helm of the Chinese Mission since 2 January 2020.


Diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Congo were established in 1970. In Gabon, the relations officially began in 1967.

Msgr. Herrera succeeds Archbishop Francisco Escalante Molina who was transferred to Haiti in June 2021.

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.