Obama picks former CRS head as new Vatican ambassador

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Ken Hackett, left, nominated to be the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, replacing outgoing ambassador Miguel Diaz, right.

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 18, 2012)

Ken Hackett, left, nominated to be the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, replacing outgoing ambassador Miguel Diaz, right. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 18, 2012)

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In a savvy move, President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, which is headed by a pope who has made serving the poor a priority.