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    Oct 29, 2014

    Cardinal announces school closures, mergers in Chicago Archdiocese


    (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

    By Catholic News Service
    CHICAGO (CNS) -- In a major restructuring, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Oct. 29 that 14 elementary schools would be closed

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    Oct 29, 2014

    Judge grants Ave Maria University temporary injunction on HHS mandate


    (Iobserve photo/courtesy of Ave Maria University website)

    By Catholic News Service
    TAMPA, Fla. (CNS) -- A federal judge in Florida has granted Ave Maria University's motion for a preliminary injunction to keep the Catholic university

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    Oct 29, 2014

    Don't be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photos/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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    Oct 28, 2014

    'Don't give up hope': Archbishop responds to woman's suicide plan


    (CNS photo/Jon DeBellis)

    By Ed Langlois, Catholic News Service
    PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- As a young California woman gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law,


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.