Posted on August 5, 2009 by John Thavis
Ambassador Miguel Diaz (CNS photo)
UPDATE: Cuban-American confirmed as ninth US ambassador to the Vatican
VATICAN CITY — To no one’s surprise, the U.S. Senate last night confirmed Miguel Diaz as the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
That gives Diaz and his family time to relocate to Rome before the summer holidays end and the Vatican swings back into business. Sometime after he arrives, he’ll present his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI — an occasion for speeches from the pope and the new ambassador.
Diaz was named in May, six weeks before President Barack Obama’s visit to the Vatican, and had his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in late July.
He has been a professor in the theology departments at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
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Posted on August 3, 2009 by Jim Lackey
Posted on August 3, 2009 by Julie Asher
A Pittsburgh priest who once worked as a long-distance truck driver still uses those skills to take items to the needy in northern Kentucky. Several times a year he fills a rented 53-foot tractor-trailer.
“Quite simply, it’s just following the golden rule to love one another,” Father Tom Lewandowski said in a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Catholic, newspaper of the Pittsburgh Diocese. “That’s what it’s all about — sharing love and kindness and charity and being involved with people in their lives.”
Father Lewandowski, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville, Pa., collects items from church flea markets. More than a dozen Catholic parishes have contributed things, from clothing to housewares to furniture.
One of his destinations for his truck deliveries is the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, Ky., founded by Msgr. Ralph Beiting in 1991. The priest, now 83, has been ministering to the people of Appalachia for most of his priesthood.
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