Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, currently Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria as his representative in the central European nation of Poland.
The transfer of the Italian Archbishop from the West African nation to Poland was announced Tuesday, August 8, and published by the Holy See Press Office.
Born in October 1963 in the Archdiocese of Milano, Archbishop Filipazzi was ordained a Priest of Italy’s Genova-Bobbio Diocese in June 1987, before being incardinated in Ventimiglia-San Remo Diocese in September 1989.
As a Priest, Archbishop Filipazzi served as parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Ventimiglia and also taught canon law at the Episcopal Seminary Pio XI of Bordighera.
The holder of a doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and a diploma from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in July 1992.
His early assignments were the Nunciatures in Sri Lanka, Austria, and Germany and then in Rome in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.
Prior to his mission to Indonesia, he was a member of the delegation of the Holy See to the Italian-Vatican Joint Commission, established to deepen the concordat profiles related to the free fulfillment of the Ministry of Bishops and to the related criminal procedural questions.
In January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Nuncio to Indonesia assigning him the Titular See of Sutrium in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.
The Nuncio who was ordained Bishop in February 2011 has represented the Holy Father in Nigeria since April 2017. In October 2017, he was also appointed permanent observer at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
During his mission in Nigeria, Archbishop Filipazzi has always insisted on the need for unity among in the West African nation that is facing divisions based on ethnicity and religion.
“The new Bishop will have to counteract those factors, which tend to disrupt the unity of the Church and social harmony, especially that mentality which makes one’s ethnic group and place the first and fundamental criterion of thought and action, even to the point of violating God’s law and the life and dignity of other human beings,” the Italian Prelate told Bishop Mark Maigida Nzukwein during his Episcopal Ordination.