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African priest set to be the Vatican's man in Ireland

By Michael McHugh

Pope Francis has appointed an African priest as apostolic nuncio to Ireland for the first time.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (60) from Nigeria is due to take up the role during the summer.

He will be the Vatican's diplomatic representative in Ireland.

The outgoing nuncio Charles Brown will move to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post.

Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, said: "Archbishop Okolo's rich experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See means that he brings many gifts to bear on his new mission in Ireland."

Archbishop Okolo was born in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1983.

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