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    Aug 29, 2014

    Chinese priests, nuns spend years in U.S. to prepare for leadership 

    Story and photos by Gregory A. Shemitz, Catholic News Service
    RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CNS) -- As Pope Francis' plane was cruising through Chinese airspace in mid-August en route to his first visit to the Far East, 

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    Aug 28, 2014

    Brightside Golf Classic raises more than $108,000


    (Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence Health System)

    Staff report
    HOLYOKE – Picture-perfect weather and a hole-in-one were among the highlights of the 34th annual Brightside Golf Classic.

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    Aug 27, 2014

    Pope: Being envious, mean-spirited may be human, but it's not Christian

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

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.

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    Aug 26, 2014

    Catholic schools determine how to take part in ALS fundraising effort


    (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

    By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a major fundraising effort that began this summer to raise money to research a cure 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.