Ambassador blogs his first days in Vatican City

BY newsdesk  October 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM EST

Ken Hackett arrived in Vatican City Monday to begin his work as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, and he’s decided to blog about it.

In his first post, he wrote: “I had the honor of presenting my credentials today to His Holiness Pope Francis inside the apostolic palace, and I am excited and honored to begin this new journey. I have decided to blog about my initial days as ambassador and talk about what our embassy does in its engagement with the Holy See, and about the importance of this relationship.”

Prior to diplomacy, Hackett was president of Catholic Relief Services, a humanitarian organization supported by the U.S. Catholic Church. He has worked with CRS since 1972 and completed several overseas assignments, including Sierre Leone, the Philippines and Kenya.

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