Pope nominates Filipino bishop as UN representative

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Pope Francis has nominated Archbishop Bernardito Auza as the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York.

The report was posted at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

Auza, 55, who is the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, will replace Archbishop Francis Chullikatt from India.

Chullikatt was the first non-Italian to have acted as the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the UN. He will leave his post after the normal four-year stint expected of a Vatican diplomat.


Auza, who is a native of Bohol, was appointed as Nuncio to Haiti and at the same time was consecrated Titular Archbishop of Saucaia on May 8, 2008.

He was Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti and also Apostolic Administrator of the capital city Porte-au-Prince in 2010. He is a career diplomat, having worked at various diplomatic posts.

His first was in Madagascar and the South Indian Ocean in 1990 to 1993. He was a member of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN before assuming his post in Haiti.

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