Eparchy of the Annunciation (Maronite)
|Country||Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal|
|Metropolitan||Immediately subject to the Holy See|
|Rite||West Syro-Antiochene Rite|
|Established||28 February 2018|
|Cathedral||Our Lady of the Annunciation Cathedral, Ibadan|
|Patriarch||Bechara Boutros al-Rahi|
The Maronite Catholic Eparchy of the Annunciation is an Eparchy of the Maronite Church immediately subject to the Holy See located in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. Its current ordinary is Eparch Simon Faddoul.
The eparchy was erected as the Maronite Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa by Pope Francis on 13 January 2014 with the papal bull Patrimonium ecclesiarum. Excepting eparchies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church and Eritrean Catholic Church, this was the first ecclesiastical circumscription of an Eastern Catholic Church established in Sub-Saharan Africa. The apostolic exarchate was promoted to the status of an eparchy on 28 February 2018.
Simon Faddoul, former president of Caritas of Lebanon, served as apostolic exarch without episcopal character and was chosen to become the first bishop of the eparchy when the apostolic exarchate was promoted. He has also served as apostolic visitor to the Maronite faithful in Southern Africa since his initial appointment as apostolic exarch.