- A Nigerian cleric of the Catholic Church in Abia, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, has been given permanent offices by Pope Francis
- Archbishop Nwachukwu was recently appointed as the permanent observer to the Holy See to the UN
- The priest has also been made the permanent observer to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and representative of the Vatican to the IOM
Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a Nigerian priest of the Catholic Diocese of Abia, has been appointed by Pope Francis as a permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office and Specialised Institutions in Geneva.
The Roman Catholic leader also appointed Archbishop Nwachukwu as the permanent observer to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and representative of the Vatican to the International Migrations Organisation (IOM), The Guardian, and Tribune reports.
The new appointments were contained in a statement released by the office of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Secretariat, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where the prominent cleric is serving as Apostolic Nuncio.
Until his latest appointments, Nwachukwu had been serving in Trinidad and Tobago since 2018.
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Top African cardinal who advises Pope Francis abruptly tenders resignation letter
Meanwhile, Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of those who advise Pope Francis, had abruptly indicated his decision to resign from the department he heads at the Vatican, the Dicastery for Integral Human Development.
Sources who disclosed this on Saturday, December 18, said Cardinal Turkson, a citizen of Ghana, is expected by many to be the potential first African to succeed the pope.
Until he offered his resignation, part of the 73-year-old's task at the Vatican to advise the pope on issues related to climate change and social justice.
It was gathered that the pope is yet to decide whether or not to accept Cardinal Turkson's resignation.
A report from Reuters quoted a source claiming that Turkson who is about two years away from the mandatory retirement age of 75 for bishops had become "fed up" with internal disputes.
Another source cited in the publication said the cardinal had stated that he would speak more only after the pope has made known a decision on his resignation.