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    May 30, 2015

    USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

    By Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photo/Tyler Orsburn)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Threats to religious freedom continue to emerge, making it more urgent for people of faith to take action to defend the full realm of religious practice, said Archbishop William E. Lori (right) of Baltimore.

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    May 29, 2015

    New regional Catholic school to be named Pope Francis High School 

    (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    Staff report
    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski today accepted the recommendation of the joint Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools’ Student Advisory Committee that the new Catholic regional high school be named Pope Francis High School.

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    May 29, 2015

    New residence for men holds ribbon-cutting and open house

    Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu
    HOLYOKE – McCleary Manor, a new sober living residence and ministry for men, was officially opened and blessed today.

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    May 29, 2015

    Holyoke Catholic students compete in national speech tournament

    (Iobserve photos/courtesy of Holyoke Catholic High School)

    Staff report
    CHICOPEE – Three students from Holyoke Catholic High School, here, traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Memorial Day weekend to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Speech Tournament.

Apr 17, 2013

Pope Francis names Worcester native apostolic nuncio to Pacific islands



By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named U.S. Archbishop-designate Michael W. Banach, a Vatican diplomat, to be apostolic nuncio to Papua New Guinea.

The appointment, which the Vatican announced April 16, came just two months after Pope Benedict XVI named him a Vatican ambassador with the rank of archbishop.

His episcopal ordination was scheduled to take place April 27 in St. Peter's Basilica, according to the website of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in his hometown of Worcester, Mass.

His post in the Pacific islands will be his first placement as nuncio.

Archbishop-designate Banach had served as the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.

The 50-year-old has served in the Vatican diplomatic corps since 1994.

Born in Worcester, Mass., Nov. 19, 1962, he was ordained to the priesthood July 2, 1988, for the Diocese of Worcester.

After earning his degree in canon law, he entered the Vatican diplomatic corps and served at Vatican embassies in Bolivia and Nigeria before moving to the Secretariat of State, where he served in the section for relations with states.

In Vienna, he served as the Vatican's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization; the U.N. Industrial Development Organization; and the local United Nations office.