Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

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Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
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Seal of the Permanent Observer Mission
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Bernardito Auza

since 1 July 2014
StyleHis Excellency
NominatorPope of the Catholic Church
Inaugural holderAlberto Giovannetti
Formation1964; 55 years ago (1964)

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations is the representative of the Holy See at the United Nations. The diplomatic mission does not have the status of Permanent Representative and thus cannot vote — a decision it has freely taken. The Holy See has sat in the UN as a non-voting delegation with permanent observer state status since 1964, and is one of two states with this status, the other being the State of Palestine.

The Permanent Observer, currently Archbishop Bernardito Auza, as of 1 July 2014, holds the diplomatic rank of Apostolic Nuncio (Papal Ambassador) and the ecclesiastical title of a titular archbishop. He is assisted by the Reverend Father Roger Landry, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River (in Fall River, Massachusetts, a large suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, south of Boston), former pastor of St. Bernadette's Parish there.[1]

Permanent Observers of the Holy See to the United Nations[edit]

# Ambassador Nationality Years Served Nominating Pope
1 No image.svg Alberto Giovannetti Italy Italian 1964 – 1973 Paul VI
2 Coat of arms of Giovanni Cheli.svg Giovanni Cheli ItalyItalian 25 July 1973 – 18 September 1986
3 Renato Raffaele Martino.jpg Renato Raffaele Martino Italy Italian 3 December 1986 – 1 October 2002 John Paul II
4 Abp Celestino Migliore.jpg Celestino Migliore ItalyItalian 30 October 2002 – 17 July 2010 John Paul II
5 Coat of arms of Francis Assisi Chullikatt.svg Francis Assisi Chullikatt IndiaIndian 17 July 2010 – 1 July 2014 Benedict XVI
6 Bernardito Auza apr 2015.jpg Bernardito Auza Philippines Filipino 1 July 2014 – Francis

Representatives of the Holy See to other UN offices and agencies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catholic News Service".[permanent dead link]

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