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New US ambassador to Holy See presents credentials, begins blogging

October 21, 2013

Ken Hackett, the new US ambassador to the Holy See, presented his diplomatic credentials to Pope Francis on October 21.

Hackett is the former director of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas charity that operates under the aegis of the US bishops' conference. He was appointed to the Vatican post by President Barack Obama.

As he formally begins his duties at the Vatican, Hackett has also inaugurated a blog about his work. In his first blog post he says that the Obama administration hopes to continue working closely with the Holy See on matters of mutual interest, such as the fight against AIDS in Africa.


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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 22, 2013 7:36 AM ET USA

    Hackett needs to work on the Obama administration attacks on Catholic institutions and Christians by HHS regulations. He must have credibility before he tries to promote other areas of cooperation between the Church and the Obama administration.