Ken Hackett

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Ken Hackett
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United States Ambassador to the Holy See
Assumed office
August 20, 2013
President Barack Obama
Pope Francis
Preceded by Miguel H. Diaz
Personal details
Profession Diplomat
Religion Roman Catholic

Ken Francis Hackett (born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts) is the current United States Ambassador to the Holy See.[1] He is the former president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Hackett attended Boston College, graduating in 1968. He then joined the Peace Corps, and served in Ghana. Afterwards, he joined CRS, serving in Africa and Asia. He was eventually named the president of CRS, retiring in 2011.[2]

He was nominated to the post by President Barack Obama in June 2013, and was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013. [3]

He presented his Letters of Credence to Pope Francis on 21 October 2013.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Hackett received an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 2007.[4] He was also awarded the Laetare Medal in 2012 by Notre Dame.