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Now Hiring: Vatican ambassador is unique post in U.S. diplomatic corps

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — As the U.S. president’s personal envoy to the Vatican, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See has a unique role in building a bridge between the political center of the United States and the religious-spiritual center of the universal Catholic Church in Rome. Read more »

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Hackett reflects on his three years as U.S. ambassador to Vatican

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis. Read more »

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Ambassador expects pope to challenge Americans to live nation’s ideals

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is not traveling to the United States in September to scold anyone, but to challenge the country’s people to live up to their ideals.

“I don’t think he’s coming to the United States to antagonize, to criticize, to call out people,” Ken Hackett, the ambassador, told Catholic News Service Aug. 4. “I think he’s coming to shore up. But he won’t hesitate from speaking out about some of the issues he feels passionately about.” Read more »

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