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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