My first blog as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See ? Welcome!

My name is Ken Hackett and this is my first blog entry as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. 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.

The United States and the Holy See have converging global interests that span a broad range of issues. A desire to promote human rights and social justice is the foundation of a relationship that is strong, relevant, and enduring.

The focus of Pope Francis on the issues of poverty, simplicity, and human dignity offers inspiration to leaders around the world and offers great promise for continued partnership between our two countries.