June 29, 2024, marks a significant date for the Catholic Church, with the appointment by Pope Francis of Archbishop Julien Kaboré as Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana. Alongside this prestigious appointment, Archbishop Kaboré has been designated titular Archbishop of Milevum, Algeria, and will be ordained as a bishop at a date yet to be determined.

Born in Zorgo, Burkina Faso, on June 18, 1968, Archbishop Julien Kaboré was ordained a priest on July 8, 1995. He is incardinated in the Archdiocese of Koupela, Burkina Faso. His academic credentials are impressive: he holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology and a doctorate in canon law.

Archbishop Kaboré began his diplomatic service with the Holy See on July 1, 2004. Throughout his career, he has served in various apostolic nunciatures worldwide, including in Kenya, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Costa Rica, South Korea, Mongolia, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Philippines, and Ireland.

The appointment of Archbishop Julien Kaboré is historic: he became the first Burkinabe ecclesiastic to hold the position of Apostolic Nuncio. The Catholic community and ecclesiastical authorities celebrate this recognition of his commitment and dedication.

A proficient polyglot, Archbishop Kaboré speaks Italian, English, French, and Spanish fluently, and knows Swahili, Korean, Croatian, and Tagalog. This exceptional linguistic ability will enable him to serve effectively in his new role.

The Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) congratulates Archbishop Julien Kaboré on his appointment. This warm support reflects the pride and enthusiasm inspired by this new chapter in Archbishop Kaboré’s career.

This appointment strengthens the ties between the Holy See and local Churches while highlighting the importance of ecclesiastical diplomacy in promoting peace and justice worldwide. Archbishop Julien Kaboré is expected to play a key role in this mission, and his contributions will undoubtedly be invaluable to the Church and the international community.

Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu