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.
Permanent Observers of the Holy See to the United Nations
- Msgr. Alberto Giovannetti (1964–1973)
- Giovanni Cheli (25 July 1973 – 18 September 1986)
- Renato Raffaele Martino (3 December 1986 – 1 October 2002)
- Celestino Migliore (30 October 2002 – 17 July 2010)
- Francis Assisi Chullikatt (17 July 2010 – 1 July 2014)
- Bernardito Auza (1 July 2014 - )