New Apostolic Nuncio in Zimbabwe

In a significant ecclesiastical development, Pope Francis has named Monsignor Janusz Stanislaw Urbańczyk as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, enhancing his stature with the title of Archbishop. This appointment follows a void left since July 2023 when Archbishop Paolo Rudelli was reassigned to Colombia.

Monsignor Urbańczyk, born on May 19, 1967, in Poland, was ordained as a priest in 1992. He began his diplomatic journey with the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1997. Over his prolific career, he has had various assignments that have shaped and honed his diplomatic persona. His most recent role, commencing on January 12, 2015, saw him serving as the permanent representative of the Holy See to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Monsignor Urbańczyk’s qualifications are not merely limited to his diplomatic career. He is a distinguished Canon Law graduate and possesses proficiency in multiple languages, including English, Italian, Slovak, and Spanish. Over his diplomatic tenure, he has served in pontifical representations in diverse countries like Bolivia, Slovakia, New Zealand, Kenya, and at the United Nations.

This appointment of Monsignor Janusz Stanislaw Urbańczyk as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe is a testament to his rich diplomatic experience and multiple capabilities. It is a significant stride in shaping the future of the Church’s diplomatic missions and its representation in Zimbabwe.