Pope Francis Appoints Italian-Born Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia

Mons. Walter Erbì, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia on 16 July 2022. Credit: Iglesias Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Walter Erbì, a native of Italy, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia and assigned him the Titular See of Nepeta in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

The Monrovia-based Apostolic Nunciature has been vacant since May 2022 when the Holy Father transferred Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas to Panama.

Mons. Erbì's appointment as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia was announced Saturday, July 16 and published by the Holy See Press Office.

Following the appointment of the 54-year-old member of the Clergy of Italy’s Iglesias Diocese, the Local Ordinary of the Italian Catholic Diocese, Bishop Giovanni Paolo Zedda, thanked the Holy Father “for having called a Priest from our Presbytery to this commitment in the service of the Church,” Cagliari Post reported.

“We raise our prayers that the Holy Spirit will constantly assist Bishop Walter in his new mission,” Bishop Zedda has been quoted as saying.


Born in Turin in Italy in January1968, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia was ordained a Priest on 10 May 1992.

As a Priest, the Archbishop-elect served in various capacities in the Diocese of Iglesias, including Diocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal, teaching Canon Law at the Diocesan Institute of Religious Sciences (1993-1999); Curate of St Ponziano Parish in Carbonia (1993-1997); Religious Education teacher at the State Secondary School N. 2 of Carbonia (1993-1994); Diocesan Assistant of the Catholic Action for Children (1993-1996); and Zone Assistant of the A.G.E.S.C.I. ( Associazione Guide e Scouts Cattolici Italiani), among other responsibilities.

He also served as secretary to the Bishop of the Italian Diocese from 1997-1999; Director of the diocesan offices for youth pastoral work and social communications; Diocesan delegate for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 and secretary to the presbyteral council.

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

Since then, Archbishop-elect Erbì has served in various Apostolic Nunciatures, including Greece, Mexico, Belgium, Italy, Australia, France, and Turkey.

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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.