US ambassador to Vatican is leaving

US ambassador to Vatican is leaving

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US ambassador to The Holy See Miguel H. Diaz (L) walks past two Swiss Guards as he arrives to the Vatican for the audience to the diplomatic corps on January 9, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI the same day warned that liberal family values were threatening the future of humanity, in a veiled reference to homosexual marriage and adoptions by gay couples. AP PHOTO / POOL / PIER PAOLO CITO (Photo credit should read PIER PAOLO CITO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

ROME (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican is resigning his post to become a professor at a university.

The U.S. Embassy said Wednesday that Miguel H. Diaz, a Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian, will join his family in Ohio where he has been named a professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.

The Cuban-born Diaz was an adviser to President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His term as ambassador has been marked by tension between Washington and the Vatican over Obama’s support of abortion in contrast with core church teaching.

Diaz had a farewell audience with Pope Benedict XVI earlier this week.

 

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