2010-07-18 11:58:06

Pope Appoints New Permanent Observer to UN

(July 17, 2010) The Holy Father has appointed an Indian Archbishop as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt is the new representative to the UN succeeding Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore who currently serves as the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland. Archbishop Chullikatt is now the Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan. The Archbishop was born in Bolghatty, Kerala, India on March 20, 1953. He was ordained priest in the Diocese of Verapoly, India on the 3rd of June 1978. On 29th of April 2006 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Ostra with his posting as the Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan and Iraq. On the 25th of June 2006 Ordained Bishop Titular Archbishop of Ostra. Prior to his appointment as Nuncio, Archbishop Chullikatt had worked in the Representations of the Holy See in Honduras, in various countries of Southern Africa, in the Philippines, at the United Nations in New York and, finally, in the Secretariat of State in the Vatican.

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