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Notre Dame alumnus Joe Donnelly confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

| Friday, January 21, 2022

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of former senator and Notre Dame alumnus Joe Donnelly to be the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church, according to a University press release.

Donnelly will serve as the official representative of the United States to the leadership of the Catholic Church, assisting in helping the Vatican and United States collaborate on an array of issues including interreligious dialogue, human rights and foreign aid. Donnelly was nominated for the position in October by President Joe Biden. 

Graduating from Notre Dame in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Juris Doctor also from Notre Dame in 1981, Donnelly served three terms in the House of Representatives representing Indiana’s second district and one term in the Senate. Donnelly most recently taught University courses in the Keough School of Global Affairs on American politics, public policy and leadership.

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