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    Aug 26, 2016

    After an unexpected delay former St. Francis Church in North Adams is razed

    (Iobserve photo/courtesy of Bernie Hunt)

    Staff report


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    Aug 26, 2016

    Retired Pope Benedict says it was his 'duty' to resign from papacy

    By Junno Arocho Esteves
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani, pool)

    Upon consulting with his doctor, he said, it became clear "that I would never be able to take part in the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro."

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    Aug 26, 2016

    Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

    (Iobserve photo/courtesy Bing images) 

    By Dennis Sadowski
    Catholic News Service

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    Aug 25, 2016

    Two bishops are ordained as Boston auxiliaries

    By Peggy Weber
    (Iobserve photo/Peggy Weber)

    The ordination ceremony was attended by more than two dozen bishops, including Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski.

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.