About Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza

Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza is Pope Francis’ representative to the United Nations.  He was ordained as a priest on 29 June 1985, and as bishop on 3 July 2008, Archbishop Auza began his training for the priesthood at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Tagbilaran City, in his native province of Bohol in the Philippines.  After his training at the Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, he proceeded to perform diplomatic service for the Holy See, including the post as Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, during which he played a pivotal role in the international relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in the country in 2010. On 1 July 2014, he became the first Filipino to be appointed as the Vatican’s envoy to the UN in New York, succeeding Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

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