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Kagame receives outgoing Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Jozwowicz

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President Paul Kagame yesterday received Archbishop Andrzej Jozwowicz, the outgoing Apostolic Nuncio for a farewell meeting, the Presidency has revealed.

An Apostolic Nuncio is an ecclesiastical diplomat serving as an envoy or a permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a state or to an international organization. A nuncio is appointed by and represents the Holy See, and is the head of the diplomatic mission, called an Apostolic Nunciature, which is the equivalent of an embassy.

Archbishop Jozwowicz was appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda in 2017.

During his term of service in Rwanda; Pope Francis raised the Archibishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda to the rank of cardinal on 28th November 2020, making him the first cardinal from Rwanda.

After completing his tenure in Rwanda, the Holy Father Francis in May this year posted Jozwowicz to Iran.

Archbishop Andrzej Józwowicz was born in Boćki-Poland (Diocese of Drohiczyn) on January 14, 1965. In 1990, he graduated from the Major Metropolitan Seminary in Warsaw and was ordained a priest on May 24, 1990, by the Primate of Poland, Card. Józef Glemp.

He obtained a master’s degree in theology in the seminary.

After the creation of the Łowicz diocese on March 25, 1992, he was sent to Rome for specialist studies by Bishop. Alojzy Orszulik, the first ordinary of the diocese. While studying at the Utriusque Iuris faculty of the Lateran University in Rome, in 1995 he began parallel studies and formation at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, “forge of future diplomats” of the Holy See.

In June 1997 he obtained a doctorate in both laws from the Pontifical Lateran University. On July 1 of that year, he started working in the diplomatic service of the Holy See, working successively in missions in Mozambique, Thailand, Hungary, Syria, Iran, and recently in the Russian Federation.

He speaks Italian, English, French, Russian, and Portuguese.

He is an honorary prelate of His Holiness, and since 2009, also a canon of the cathedral chapter of Łowicz.

On March 18, 2017, the Holy Father Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio in Rwanda at the same time elevating him to the title of titular archbishop of Lauriaco before his new post to Iran.

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