Former charity head confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Vatican

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Photo of Ken Hackett courtesy Catholic Relief Services

Photo of Ken Hackett courtesy Catholic Relief Services

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(RNS) The Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Miguel Diaz, a theologian, and he gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poor a priority.