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Murder of Apostolic Nuncio - another Archbishop told to "get out"

The shocking murder of the Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi has been followed up by a call for Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Burundi to find somewhere else to live. The call has been made by National Liberation Forces after the Archbishop had accused them of being responsible for the murder of Monsignor Michael Courtney.

Archbishop Michael Aiden Courtney was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland on 5 February 1945.

He studied economics and law at the university of Dublin before being ordained priest on 9 March 1968 and assigned to the diocese of Clonfert, Ireland.

He studied Theology in Rome in the late 1970s before entering the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy. In 1980 he began his diplomatic service, representing the Holy See in Southern Africa, Senegal, India, Yugoslavia, Cuba, and Egypt.

A highly proficient linguist, Archbishop Courtney was then assigned with special duties to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 30 December 1995.

On 18 August 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed Mons. Courtney as Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and in November of the same year elevated him to titular Archbishop of Eanach Duinů




Vatican Radio: Listen to Radio interview with Nuncio's sister

2 Jan 2004