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President Obama nominates new US ambassador to Holy See

June 17, 2013

President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, who served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services for nearly two decades until his 2011 retirement, as the new US ambassador to the Holy See.

“He'll represent our government well, and in a way that will do honor to the Church," said Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore. “It's a great thing for CRS, for the Church, and for Baltimore.”

Hackett donated $500 to President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, according to federal election records.

If confirmed by the Senate, Hackett will become the tenth US ambassador to the Holy See, succeeding William Wilson (1984-86), Frank Shakespeare (1986-89), Thomas Patrick Melady (1989-93), Raymond Flynn (1993-97), Lindy Boggs (1997-2001), James Nicholson (2001-05), Francis Rooney (2005-08), Mary Ann Glendon (2008-09), and Miguel H. Díaz (2009-12).


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  • Posted by: Jim.K - Jun. 17, 2013 7:09 PM ET USA

    Would that be the same CRS that has been partnering with pro-abortion and pro-contraception groups?!!!