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    Jul 26, 2014

    Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015


    (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

    By Nancy Wiechec, Catholic News Service
    FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families

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    Jul 26, 2014

    Movie tells story of Catholic high school team's amazing winning streak


    (CNS photos/courtesy of TriStar Pictures)

    By Michele Jurich, Catholic News Service
    OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) -- This is how a movie gets made.

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    Jul 25, 2014

    Parishes get creative with ‘Weird Animals’ Bible school theme

    Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu
    HOLYOKE – Blessed Sacrament Parish, here, hosted its first Vacation Bible School this year, inviting children from Our Lady of the Cross Parish and

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    Jul 25, 2014

    Hold the sauce: Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu


    (CNS photos/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) 

    By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican's blue collar workers


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.