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Mons. Séamus Patrick Horgan greets Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints First-ever Resident Apostolic Nuncio in South Sudan

May 14, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Séamus Patrick Horgan as the new Apostolic Nuncio for South Sudan, and elevated him to the dignity of Archbishop, assigning him the Titular See of Árd Sratha in Ireland.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari during the farewell Mass that was held at the Our Lady of Remedies Cathedral of Luanda Archdiocese on Wednesday, 17 April 2024. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Service in Angola, São Tomé “source of spiritual enrichment”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio

Apr 18, 2024

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari, who is leaving Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe after close to four years of diplomatic service, has described his service in both nations as a “great gift”, and a source of his spiritual enrichment.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio Lauds “wonderful partnership” between Angola, São Tomé & Príncipe and Vatican

Mar 30, 2024

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari, who has been representing the Holy Father in Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe for close to four years has described as “wonderful” the collaboration between the Holy See and the two African nations.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari during pastoral activities in Angola. Credit: Vatican Media

“I will never forget your witness of faith”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Angola, São Tomé

Mar 5, 2024

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari , who is leaving Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe after close to four years of diplomatic service, has said the witness of faith of the people of God in the two countries will remain in his heart.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari. Credit: ACI Africa

Apostolic Nuncio in Angola to Represent the Holy Father in Korea in New Appointment

Mar 2, 2024

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Korea and Mongolia.

Mons. Janusz Urbańczyk with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints Polish Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe

Jan 25, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Janusz Urbańczyk, a native of Poland, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, and assigned him the Titular See of Voli in Tunisia with the dignity of Archbishop.

Archbishop Germano Penemote addressing journalists Wednesday, September 6 after an audience with Angola’s President, João Lourenço. Credit: Presidency of Angola

“I'm going with pride”: Angolan-born Apostolic Nuncio on Diplomatic Mission to Pakistan

Sep 7, 2023

Archbishop Germano Penemote, a member of the Clergy of Angola’s Ondjiva Diocese, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan on June 16 has expressed his readiness for the new mission.

Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio in Georgia Transferred, to Represent the Holy Father in Cameroon

Aug 30, 2023

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt, who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Georgia and Armenia to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi confers the pallium on Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigerian Archbishop Hails Outgoing Nuncio as “a great instrument of evangelization”

Aug 22, 2023

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has fostered the spreading of the Gospel during his years of service in the West African nation, the Archbishop of Abuja has said. 

Archbishop Paolo Rudelli (center) is flanked by Mr. Marius Zibgwi, Fr. Reason Nyathi, Fr. Bernard Mukwewa and Mr. Albert Dhafana. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Nuncio Urges Zimbabwean Church to Tap from Rich History, Faith in Farewell Message

Aug 4, 2023

The Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe who was appointed in July to represent the Holy Father in Colombia has urged the Church in the Southern African country to utilize her rich history and faith for future survival in the rapidly evolving society.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari, Apostolic Nuncio in Angola. Credit: João Vissesse/ACI Africa

“Church in Angola looks to you with admiration”: Nuncio to Consecrated Persons

Jul 29, 2023

The Apostolic Nuncio in Angola has expressed appreciation to Consecrated men and women in the country saying the Church looks upon them with “admiration and gratitude.”

Archbishop Paolo Rudelli in an audience with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio in Zimbabwe to Represent Holy Father in Colombia

Jul 21, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paolo Rudelli, the Apostolic Nuncio in Zimbabwe, as his representative in the South American nation of Colombia.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari during during the Thanksgiving Mass to mark the belated 10th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Pope. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

“Continue praying for Pope Francis”: Nuncio in Angola at Belated Holy Father’s Anniversary

Jun 30, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Angola has called on the people of God in the Southern African nation to continue offering prayers for Pope Francis to have “the strength” to carry on his mission of shepherding the Universal Church.

Ongoing Violence in Sudan “for the moment” Not Religious, Not Civil: Apostolic Nuncio

Jun 28, 2023

The ongoing violent conflict in Sudan that broke out on April 15 is, “for the moment”, neither on the basis of religion nor is it a civil war, the representative of the Holy Father in the Northeastern African nation has said. 

Mons. Mauricio Rueda Beltza, a native of Colombia,appointed new Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast. Credit: Episcopal Conference of Colombia

Pope Francis Appoints Colombian-born Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast

Jun 16, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Mauricio Rueda Beltza, a native of Colombia, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast, and assigned him the Titular See of Cingoli in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Archbishop Hubertus Maria van Megen, Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan. Credit: ACI Africa

“People are just not safe”: Immediate Former Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan on Ongoing Violence

Jun 12, 2023

The situation in Sudan remains a cause for concern and the people of God in the Northeastern African nation “are just not safe” amid reports of violation of ceasefires, the immediate former Apostolic Nuncio to the country has said. 

=Mons. Gian Luca Perici (right), appointed Apostolic Nuncio for the Southern African countries of Zambia and Malawi and Mons. Alfred Chaima (left), appointed as Local Ordinary of Zomba Diocese in Malawi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio for Zambia/Malawi, Bishop for Malawian Diocese

Jun 5, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Gian Luca Perici as the Apostolic Nuncio for the Southern African countries of Zambia and Malawi.

Credit: Fr. Joshua Mege/Arise Communications Network

“Go to them”: Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya Urges New Deacons to Serve the Troubled, Abandoned

May 18, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has urged the new Deacons he ordained on Thursday, May 18 in Kenya’s Homa Bay Diocese to reach out to “the troubled” and “the abandoned” during their Diaconate Ministry.

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, South Sudan Bemoans “horror scenes” in Sudan amid Violence

May 8, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan has expressed concern about ongoing fighting in Sudan, which he said has resulted in “horror scenes”.

Bishop Tonito Francisco Xavier Muananoua, Auxiliary Bishop of Maputo Archdiocese in Mozambique. Credit: Maputo Archdiocese

Go after Sheep “that has disappeared”: Apostolic Nuncio in Mozambique to New Bishop

Apr 25, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Mozambique has urged the new Auxiliary Bishop of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Maputo to look out for lost sheep in the example of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.