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    Mar 3, 2015

    Massachusetts priest assigned to Vatican's observer mission at U.N.


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    By Dave Jolivet, Catholic News Service
    FALL RIVER, Mass. (CNS) -- Father Roger Landry, former pastor of St. Bernadette's Parish in Fall River, has been given a new assignment: working for the Vatican's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations.

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    Mar 2, 2015

    Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats


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    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

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    Mar 2, 2015

    Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held


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    By Dale Gavlak, Catholic News Service
    AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity.

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    Mar 1, 2015

    Catholic Communications personnel ask St. Thomas parishioners to support Annual Catholic Appeal

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    WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Staff members from the Diocese of Springfield's Catholic Communications office were asking for help at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish here this weekend.


Apr 17, 2013

Pope Francis names Worcester native apostolic nuncio to Pacific islands


 

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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.