Rooney Replaced as Ambassador to the Vatican

President George W. Bush will nominate Mary Ann Glendon, a U.S. law professor and president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, as the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, replacing Tulsa businessman Francis Rooney, whom President Bush appointed and has served in Rome since October 2005.
Reportedly, Rooney plans to stay in his post through Christmas and/or until the new nominee is confirmed. A date for Ambassador Rooney’s departure was not provided by the White House.
The White House made the announcement late Nov. 5. The nomination is official when Bush sends it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will hold a hearing before sending the nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. As of Nov. 6, no hearing had been scheduled.



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