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    Jan 27, 2015

    Catholics join in marking 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

    (CNS photo/Laslo Balogh, Reuters)

    By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service
    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Catholic leaders joined in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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    Jan 27, 2015

    Providence Diocese offers to bury fetus found at sewage treatment plant

    By Rick Snizek
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photo/Michael J. Guilfoyl, Rhode Island Catholic)

    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) -- The Diocese of Providence has offered to provide a proper burial for a fetus found in mid-January by a worker at a sewage treatment plant in East Providence.

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    Jan 27, 2015

    Polls reveal declining support for abortion in U.S.

    (Iobserve photos/courtesy of local March for Life pilgrims)

    By Nate Madden, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Jan. 21 report from the National Right to Life Committee and new poll results show that abortion is increasingly unpopular in the United States.

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    Jan 27, 2015

    Father Richard McBrien, prolific theologian and essayist, dies at 78

    By Mark Pattison
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/courtesy of University of Notre Dame)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Father Richard P. McBrien, a retired professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and who was chair of the university's theology department for 11 years, died Jan. 25 at age 78 in his native Connecticut.

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.