The White House has announced that Ken Hackett, formerly the President of Catholic Relief Services, USA, has been nominated as the next ambassador to the Holy See. Here is his bio from the CRS website. There had been talk the State Department was thinking of not appointing a full-time ambassador and instead nominating a roving ambassador who would cover several smaller countries. Thankfully, cooler heads have prevailed and in Hackett the administration has found someone who will be able to engage the Holy See on issues of mutual importance, especially relating to development issues and the like.
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- Talk of Latinos' potential political clout dominates La Raza gathering
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by Joshua J. McElwee NCR Today