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    Apr 20, 2014

    Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others

     
    (CNS photos by Paul Haring)

    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ

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    Apr 19, 2014

    The light of Christ has come into the darkness of our world


    (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

    By Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell, Bishop of Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD – The following is the text of the homily to be given by Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell at this evening’s Easter Vigil

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    Apr 19, 2014

    Traditional blessing of Easter food held at Our Lady of the Cross Parish

    Story and photos by Julie Beaulieu
    HOLYOKE – Continuing a Polish tradition, parishioners of Our Lady of the Cross Parish here participated in an Easter Blessing of the Food April 19.

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    Apr 18, 2014

    Hundreds pray for an end to abortion on Good Friday

    Story and photo by Carolee McGrath
    SPRINGFIELD --  More than 200 people gathered in front of Planned Parenthood in Springfield on Good Friday morning to pray for


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.