AKWAABA, MOST REV. HENRYK MIECZYSLAW JAGODZINKI
AKWAABA, MOST REV. HENRYK MIECZYSLAW JAGODZINSKI
Most Rev. Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski arrived in the country on 8th September, a day dedicated in the Catholic Church for the celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary to begin his role as the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana.
He was ordained to the priesthood on 3 June 1995 and incardinated in the Diocese of Kielce.
After obtaining a degree in Canon Law he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 2001.
He has served various Pontifical Representatives, including those in Belarus, Croatia, India, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In addition, he has also worked in the Third Section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, the Section for Relations with States.
He takes over from Most Rev.Jean-Marie Antoine Joseph Speich, who was reassigned after a six year stay in the country.
He speaks Polish, Italian, Frence, English, Croatian, Russian and Spanish.
According to the Code of Canon law 364, a nuncio’s chief task is to strengthen bonds between the Holy See and any local church. A nuncio is often referred to as an “ambassador,” representing the Church in a foreign country or in an international institution such as the United Nations.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIATURE IN GHANA
1973: Established as Apostolic Delegation of Ghana
1976.06.14: Elevated as Apostolic Nunciature of Ghana
PAST PAPAL REPRESENTATIVES IN GHANA
Girolamo Prigione † (2 Oct 1973 Appointed – 28 Apr 1976 Appointed, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Nigeria)
Giuseppe Ferraioli † (14 Jun 1976 Appointed – 21 Jul 1981 Appointed, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Kenya)
Ivan Cornelius Dias † (8 May 1982 Appointed – 20 Jun 1987 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Korea)
Giuseppe Bertello (17 Oct 1987 Appointed – 12 Jan 1991 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda)
Abraham Kattumana † (8 May 1991 Appointed – 16 Dec 1992 Appointed, Official of the Roman Curia – Other)
André Pierre Louis Dupuy (6 Apr 1993 Appointed – 27 Mar 2000 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela)
George Kocherry (10 Jun 2000 Appointed – 22 Dec 2007 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe)
Léon Kalenga Badikebele † (1 Mar 2008 Appointed – 22 Feb 2013 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to El Salvador)
Jean-Marie Antoine Joseph Speich (17 Aug 2013 Appointed – 19 Mar 2019 Appointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia)