Vatican City ambassador nominated by Obama

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President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the former longtime director of Catholic Relief Services, as the United States ambassador to the Holy See.

Mr. Hackett, who retired in 2012 from the global relief and development agency of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, had long been rumored to be in the top three candidates for the post. Among the others was Nicholas Cafardi, a civil and canon lawyer who is professor and dean emeritus at the Duquesne University School of Law.

Currently a consultant to the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Global Development, Mr. Hackett spent 40 years with Catholic Relief Services, which assists poor people and disaster victims worldwide.

In 1972, after a stint with the Peace Corps in Ghana, he joined Catholic Relief Services as a staff member in Sierra Leone. He rose to be African regional director and eventually president and CEO. From 1996 to 2011, he was a member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican body that oversees church-sponsored charitable work worldwide. He currently lives in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

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