Pierre Nguyễn Văn Tốt was born on 15 th April 1949 in Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam. On March 24, 1974 he was ordained a priest by His Eminence Card. Agnelo Rossi, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of the Peoples. In 1983 he began the preparation for diplomatic service at the Pontifical Academy of the Church. On November 25, 2002, he was appointed Archbishop by Pope John Paul II with the titular See in Rusticiana. He received episcopal consecration from the hand of Pope John Paul II on January 6, 2003. The two co-consecrators were H.E. Mons. Leonardo Sandri, Substitute of the State Secretariat, and H.E. Mons. Antonio Maria Vegliò, Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. On the same day of his episcopal appointment, he was also appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Benin and Togo until 2005. From 24 th August 2005 to 13 th May 2008, during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, he was the Papal Legate to Central African Republic and the Republic of Chad, after which, by the appointment of the same Roman Pontiff, he was transferred to Costa Rica, where he served as Nuncio until 2014. His nomination as Papal Representative to Sri Lanka came on 22 nd March 2014 by Pope Francis, who had visited Sri Lanka in January 2015.