As envoy to Vatican, Hispanic theologian will stress collaboration

Miguel H. Diaz
The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, who was nominated to the post in late May and was easily approved by the Senate, met the press recently in Rome for the first time—and showed some diplomatic skill.

Miguel H. Diaz received a group of ten American and Italian reporters at the official ambassador’s residence on Rome’s Janiculum Hill on October 5, three days after presenting his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI.

Emphasizing the priorities that he said the Obama administration has in common with the Vatican, Diaz sketched out an agenda of collaboration against terrorism, religiously inspired violence, HIV/AIDS and human trafficking and in favor of interracial, intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

“The points where we have coordination today between this president and the Holy See are more than just one,” he said, speaking in Italian as he did for much of the meeting. “We have the possibility of collaboration on so many points.”

 

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