Diplomat of the Holy See

Probation in Thailand; Cameroon and Guinea Equatorial (Second Secretary); Iraq and Jordan (First Secretary): During his stay in Iraq, he could get acquainted with the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate as well as many other Oriental Catholic churches. He has attended many Synods of the Chaldean Church; used to celebrate Mass in Chaldean rite in Aramaic. Also with the Syrian, Armenian and Melchite Catholic Churches in the Middle East Msgr. Kuriakose good contacts.

Venezuela (Second Counsellor); Republic of Congo and Gabon. When he was in Venezuela his effective diplomatic mediation saved the life of its President Hugo Chavez and spared the country from a civil war.

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York (First Counsellor). He was desk officer for the so-called Second Committee of the United Nations, dealing with development, climate change, sustainability, poverty eradication, etc. The Holy See at the U.N. is known as the “voice of the voiceless” and playing a prophetic role for social justice and human rights. In this capacity, he has been lead negotiator of the Holy See for many international conferences and documents. During his term of office at the U.N., he could be part of the team hosting the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the U.N. This visit has been instrumental in strengthening his contacts with the Pope through his impeccable command of German language.

Apostolic Nunciature in Germany Since July 2012, Msgr. Kuriakose has been appointed Deputy Head of the Mission at the ApostolicNunciature in Germany. Being the country of the Holy Father, this posting is considered to be very special for any Vatican diplomat. Besides, he could maintain close contacts with the funding agencies in Germany and supervising the channelization of funds for social projects.