July 19, 2010.
The pope has named Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations. The Holy See is a UN non-member observer state, meaning it has all the rights of member states, except for the right to vote on resolutions.
Archbishop Chullikatt fills the office formerly held by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who is now Apostolic Nuncio to Poland. Chullikatt most recently worked as Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan. He has served as a diplomat for the Vatican since 1988, working in Honduras, Southern Africa and the Philippines before his post in Iraq and Jordan.
Chullikatt is the first non-Italian to be permanent observer, and he previously worked at the UN from 2000 to 2004 as a Counsellor at the Holy See's Mission to the UN.