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Rwanda: The Catholic Church receives Andrzej Józwowicz, New Apostolic Nuncio

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The Catholic Church in Rwanda is pleased to welcome the new Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Andrzej Józwowicz who arrived in Kigali on June 28, 2017.

Bishop Józwowicz was received at 20:00 in Kigali at Kanombe International Airport by the President of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda and Bishop of Butare, Mgr Philippe Rukamba, together with his colleagues Mgr Thaddée Ntihinyurwa, Archbishop of Kigali; Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege, Bishop of Kabgayi and Bishop Antoine Kambanda, Bishop of Kibungo.

Bishop Andrzej Józwowicz was appointed Apostolic Nuncio for Rwanda by Pope Francis on March 18, 2017. This position had been vacant since Monsignor Luciano Russo, who held it, had another mission in Tunisia and Algeria in July 2016.

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Diplomat of Polish origin, Bishop Andrzej Jozwowicz was born in 1965. Ordained priest in 1990, he entered the Pontifical Diplomacy Service in 1997, occupying posts in Mozambique, Thailand, Hungary, Syria, Iran and Russia.

An apostolic nuncio is the personal representative of the Pope in a particular part of the Church or in a particular country. Thus, the Nuncio has two main functions: the one relative within the Church, the other having to do with the States. Its role is defined in canons 361-365 of the Code of Canon Law.

Elected by Pope Paul VI on June 6, 1964, the Apostolic Nunciature in Kigali is the only representation of the Holy See in Rwanda.

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Telesphore KABERUKA

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