Ambassador Hackett’s Farewell Message

Ambassador Ken Hackett completed his three and a half years as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and started his well-deserved retirement on January 19, 2017. In this three minute video, the Ambassador talks about working with the Holy See on human rights, human trafficking, peace building, poverty, concerns about minorities in the Middle East, ...
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Catholic News Service: Highlights of Ambassador Hackett’s Time at the Vatican

Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service 12.15.2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, ...
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Ambassador shares memories of September 11th

Ambassador Ken Hackett spoke with Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and their lasting political and social effects on the United States.  The Ambassador shared his own personal story of where he was on September 11th and also discussed whether enough had been done ...
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U.S. Embassy offers Peacebuilding Training for Women Religious

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See organized and sponsored a conflict prevention training at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The participants, women religious working in areas affected by conflict, focused on strategic planning, conflict analysis frameworks and problem solving in the search for peaceful resolutions to conflict. The highly interactive training on peacebuilding, ...
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Embassy hosts conference on shared U.S., Vatican interests

Care for the environment and international religious freedom were at the forefront of an Embassy-sponsored conference on the shared policy interests of the United States and the Holy See this week. The conference, “On Care for Our Common Home: U.S. and Vatican Engagement on Global Issues,” brought together Embassy and Vatican officials as well as ...
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Ambassador hosts briefing on migration crisis

Ambassador Hackett, in conjunction with the International Union Superiors General (UISG), hosted an information-sharing event in support of women’s religious orders confronting the migration crisis in Sicily. Fellow ambassadors to the Holy See, media, members of religious orders and international migration organizations and staff from the three United States Embassies in Rome attended. After introductions ...
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Ambassador Hackett remembers heroes of Haiti earthquake

On the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Ambassador Kenneth Hackett wrote a blog post for Caritas Internationalis, a worldwide federation of the Catholic charities, remembering the “unsung heroes” of the quake’s aftermath. The Ambassador, who was President of Catholic Relief Services (one of the members of the federation) at the time, recalled local ...
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Ambassador Hackett reflects on the 2010 Haiti earthquake

In January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing or injuring thousands and creating a humanitarian crisis. At the time, Ambassador Kenneth Hackett headed Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and oversaw its immediate aid to the victims, ultimately providing nearly 500 personnel. On the 6th anniversary of the earthquake, Ambassador Hackett visited Vatican Radio to discuss the ...
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Embassy Sponsors Congo Mining Documentary ‘Maisha’

Thursday, the Good Shepherd International Foundation screened its documentary  Maisha: A New Life Outside the Mines  in Rome. The film, which documented the cobalt and copper mining industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. The documentary tells the story of the mining community in Kolwezi and how the Good Shepherd sisters are helping ...
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Pope Francis visits the United States

From September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States, drawing crowds of thousands and visiting with national leaders and ordinary people alike. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Ambassador Ken Hackett facilitated many of the Pope’s activities during the trip, including delivering Speaker of the House John Boener’s ...
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Ambassador Hackett’s Remarks at the Digital Video Conference on Human Trafficking

Good afternoon ambassadors, colleagues, and friends. It is my pleasure to join Bishop Sanchez Sorondo in welcoming you all here today to hear from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca about this year’s U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report.  Bishop Sanchez Sorondo is a champion of the effort at combating human trafficking.  Recently he has held ...
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Ambassador Hackett’s Remarks at St. John’s University’s “International Religious Freedom and the Clash of Values” Conference

Religious freedom has been a core value of Americans since the founding of our nation.  It was the pursuit of religious freedom that gave impetus to the settlers in establishing the American colonies, and, throughout the years, it has remained fundamental to American beliefs.  As Secretary Kerry has stated, “Freedom of religion is not an ...
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Ambassador Hackett’s Remarks at the Launch of Talitha Kum’s Countering Trafficking in Persons Campaign for the 2014 World Cup

The U.S. Embassy is proud to be here today to support Talitha Kum’s campaign to combat trafficking in persons during this year’s World Cup.  Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against what he calls “a crime against humanity.”  And ...
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Ambassador Hackett on the Tragic Death of Dutch priest Rev. Frans van der Lugt in Syria

“I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Father van der Lugt’s killing in Homs. He was a man of service and was dedicated to calling for a peaceful solution to the violence in Syria, his adopted homeland. Van der Lugt, like many other Catholic priests and nuns around the world, was on the ...
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Remembering JFK

Fifty years ago today I learned of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy with the same stunned horror of so many others.  For us as high school students in Boston, he was “our” president – Catholic, “Bostonian,” Irish American.  His brief tenure as president gave us confidence, motivation, and a real sense of purpose ...
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In Good Company

One of the joys of this new assignment for me are the people I get to meet. Since my arrival, I’ve been able to reconnect with those I’ve met over the years in the religious, academic, and humanitarian world. And I’ve been able to begin laying the foundations of friendship with many new people who ...
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