Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a Nigerian priest of the Catholic Diocese of Abia State and Apostolic Nuncio to the Antilles, has been appointed as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations Office and Specialised Institutions in Geneva by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis also named Archbishop Nwachukwu as a permanent observer to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Vatican’s representative to the International Migration Organization (IOM) (IOM).
The appointments were announced on Friday, December 17, by the Office of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Secretariat in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago, where Archbishop Nwachukwu is currently serving as Apostolic Nuncio.
Archbishop Nwachukwu was transferred from Nicaragua to the current Mission in Trinidad and Tobago on November 4, 2017, and took office on March 19, 2018.
According to the new appointment, Archbishop Nwachukwu will continue to lead the Mission in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the Antilles until he leaves for the new mission at the United Nations in early March 2022.
The bishop was born on May 10, 1960, in Umuokoro, Eziama-Ntigha, in Abia State’s Isia-Alla Ngwa North Local Government Area.
On June 17, 1984, he was ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Aba in Abia State.