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Pope Makes Appointments in Nigeria and Ukraine

Also Accepts Resignation of Archbishop of Manizales, Colombia

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Appointment of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Jos (Nigeria)

The Holy Father has appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos (Nigeria) HE Msgr. Matthew Ishaya Audu, previously Bishop of Lafia.

HE Msgr. Matthew Ishaya Audu

Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu was born on June 7, 1959, in Tudu Uku, in the Diocese of Makurdi. After attending the St. James Minor Seminary in Keffi, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the St. Augustine Major Seminary in Jos.

He was ordained a priest on June 23, 1984, for the Makurdi clergy.

After ordination he held the following positions: Deputy parish priest in Keffi (1984-86); Deputy parish priest in Lafia (1986-88); Parish priest of Nasarawa (1988-89); studies in Moral Theology in Rome at the Institute of Moral Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University, Licentiate (1989-91); Professor of Moral Theology and Vice-Rector of the Major Seminary of S. Thomas Aquinas, Makurdi (1992-97); in Rome, for the Degree in Moral Theology at the Alfonsianum (1997-99). From June to December 2000, with the departure of the Rector of the Seminary for a sabbatical year, he was Acting Rector of the Major Seminary of S. Thomas Aquinas, Makurdi.

Elected first Bishop of Lafia on December 5, 2000, he received episcopal ordination on March 31, 2001.

Appointment of the Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia (Ukraine)

The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Pavlo Honcharuk, of the clergy of the Diocese of Kamyanets-Podilskyi of the Latins, previously Diocesan Bursar and Director of Caritas of the same Diocese, as Bishop of the Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia in Ukraine. Pavlo Honcharuk

Rev. Pavlo Honcharuk was born on January 16, 1978, in Kornachivka (Yarmolyntsi), in the Khmelnytsky Region (Ukraine).

He received priestly training at the Interdiocesan Seminary of Horodok. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology, he obtained a license in Canon Law at the Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

He was ordained a priest on June 22, 2002, for the Diocese of Kamyanets-Podilskyi dei Latini.

He carried out the parochial vicar ministry of the Cathedral of Kamyanets-Podilskyi (2002-2005), and subsequently as parish priest of Dunayivtsi (2010-2016). He currently holds the position of diocesan bursar in the same ecclesiastical circumscription.

Since 2003 he is also Director of the diocesan Caritas. In addition, he exercised the office of Defender of the Bond at the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Court from 2005 to 2016, the year in which he was appointed Judge of the same Court.

He also lends his work as a military chaplain.

In addition to Ukrainian, he speaks Polish and Russian; he knows Italian and German.


Renunciation of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Manizales (Colombia)

The Holy Father accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Manizales (Colombia), presented by His Most Reverend Excellency Monsignor Gonzalo Restrepo Restrepo.


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