The Holy Father Francis appointed Archbishop Andrzej Józwowicz, the current Apostolic Nuncio in Rwanda, Apostolic Nuncio to Iran.

Msgr. Andrzej Józwowicz was born in Boćki (Diocese of Drohiczyn) on 14 January 1965. In 1990. he graduated from the Major Metropolitan Seminary in Warsaw and was ordained a priest on 24 May 1990, by the Primate of Poland, Card. Józef Glemp. In the seminary, he obtained a master’s degree in theology.

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

In June 1997, he obtained a doctorate in Utriusque Iuris from the Pontifical Lateran University. On July 1st of that year, he started working in the diplomatic service of the Holy See, engaged 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 18 March 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.

Press Office of the Polish Bishops’ Conference

Translation: P. Nau / Office for Foreign Communication of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.