The Holy Father on Saturday raised the Holy See’s diplomatic relations with Myanmar to the rank of Apostolic Nunciature, appointing Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, until now the Apostolic delegate to Myanmar, as the first Apostolic Nuncio to the same country. At the same time Archbishop Tschang continues to serve as Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand and Cambodia and Apostolic Delegate to Laos.
Saturday’s appointment follows the joint announcement made on May 4, after Pope Francis met with Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, to establish full formal diplomatic relations at the level of Apostolic Nunciature.
Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam was born on October 30th, 1949 in Seoul, South Korea, and was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1976 for the Diocese of Cheongju, South Korea.
He concluded ecclesiastical studies obtaining a Doctorate in Theology, and entered Diplomatic Services of the Holy See on May 1st 1985. From 1985-2002, he served as a Diplomat of the Holy See, in the capacity of Secretary and Counsellor in the Apostolic Nunciatures of El Salvador, Ethiopia, Syria, France, Greece, and Belgium.
After working at the Vatican Secretariat of State, he was named Titular Archbishop of Amanzia and Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh on October 19, 2002. Pope John Paul II consecrated him a bishop on 6th January, 2003.
On August 27, 2007 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda. On August 4, 2012 he was made Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand and Cambodia and Apostolic Delegate to Myanmar and Laos.