Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza. Photo from CBCP News
MANILA – Pope Francis picked a Filipino archbishop to represent the Holy See to the United Nations, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.
A CBCP News report said the pope nominated Archbishop Bernardito Auza, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, as the Holy See's Permanent Representative to the UN.
Auza replaces Archbishop Francis Chullikatt from India, the first non-Italian to have acted as the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the UN.
Auza, a 55-year-old native of Talibon, Bohol, was consecrated Titular Archbishop of Suacia on May 8, 2008, the same day he was appointed Nuncio to Haiti.
The CBCP said Auza is a career diplomat. He served as the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti and also Apostolic Administrator of its capital city, Port-au-Prince, after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010.
Before assuming his post in Haiti, Auza served as a member of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN.
The CBCP said the announcement of Auza's appointment appeared in the Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.