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Vatican appoints new Nuncio to Ghana

Monsignor Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodziński moves from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Accra

The Vatican has appointed Reverend Monsignor Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodziński as the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana.

Monsignor Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński will be leaving his current role as a councillor to the nunciature to take up the new role in Ghana.

He is also being conferred with the Titular See of Limosano and elevated to the rank of archbishop.

Into diplomatic service

Monsignor Jagodziński was born on 1 January 1969 in Małogoszcz, Poland. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1995, at the age of 26, and incardinated in the Diocese of Kielce.

He did parish work in the southern Polish spa town of Busko-Zdrój for two years and then studied in Rome, earning a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He also studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican training institute for diplomats.

After his doctorate in canon law he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in July 2001.

Monsignor Jagodziński’s early assignments included stints representing the Holy See in Belarus (2001 to 2005) and Croatia (2005 to 2008). He then served in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State in Rome, moving on to India (2015 to 2018) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2018 to 2020).

Polylingual

Monsignor Jagodziński’s appointment to the position of Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana was facilitated by Pope Francis. The new position makes him the representative of the Pope in all Catholic churches in the country.

He is fluent in several languages, including Polish, Italian, French, English, Croatian, Russian and Spanish.

Monsignor Jagodziński is poised to take over from Most Reverend Jean-Marie Speich, the immediate past Nuncio to Ghana, who took over the position in 2013 and left Ghana in March last year.

Most Reverend Speich has been reassigned to a new role as Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo and is serving concurrently as Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia.

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