Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI Saturday named a India-born archbishop, Francis Assisi Chullikatt, as the Vatican`s top envoy at the UN.
Chullikat, 57, takes up the position of Holy See Permanent Observer at the UN, replacing Archbishop Celestino Migliore who last month was named the Vatican`s apostolic nuncio to Poland.
Born in Bolghatty, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Chullikat, who has a degree in church law, was ordained a priest in 1978.
He has served as a Vatican diplomat in Honduras, in southern Africa and the Philippines as well as at the Vatican Secretariat for Relations with the States - the Holy See`s equivalent of a foreign ministry.
In 2006, Chullikat was consecrated as a archbishop and appointed apostolic nuncio, or Vatican ambassador to Jordan and Iraq.
The world`s tiniest sovereign state, the Vatican was in 1964 granted the status of non-voting permanent observer state at the UN.