Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ appointment of new Papal Nuncio

25 Feb 2023

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor, Titular Archbishop of Illici, up until now the Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.

The President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, said, “I very much welcome today’s news that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.  I pray God’s blessings on Archbishop Mariano and look forward to meeting with him when he takes up his appointment in Ireland in the near future.”


• As Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Archbishop Montemayor succeeds His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo who currently serves as Apostolic Nuncio in Prague, Czechia.  Please see below a brief overview of the life and ministry of Archbishop Montemayor:

16 March 1956: Date of birth, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
15 November 1985: Ordination to Priesthood.
1991-2008: PhD in Canon Law, Apostolic Nunciature in Ethiopia, Brazil, Thailand, and the
Secretariat of State.
2008: Apostolic Nuncio in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau e Capo Verde and
Apostolic Delegate in Mauritania.
2015: Apostolic Nuncio in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2018: Apostolic Nuncio in Colombia.

Archbishop Montemayor speaks the following languages fluently: Spanish, Italian, French, English, and Portuguese.

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