TOP STORIES

  • 1 of 4


    Jul 31, 2014

    Idaho campus ministers see colleges as 'places of evangelization'

    Story and photo by Michael Brown, Catholic News Service
    BOISE, Idaho (CNS) -- They are, without a doubt, an odd couple.

  • 2 of 4


    Jul 31, 2014

    Film 'Mary of Nazareth' now available for parish, school screenings


    (CNS photos/courtesy of Ignatious Press)

    By Winston Pierre, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Viewing the movie "Mary of Nazareth" at a parish or school screening will enable Catholics to have a greater and a

  • 3 of 4


    Jul 31, 2014

    Sisters of St. Joseph enter sale agreement for Mont Marie property


    (Iobserve file photos)

    Staff report
    HOLYOKE – The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield (SSJ Springfield) and Tryko Partners, LLC today announced the signing of a purchase

  • 4 of 4


    Jul 30, 2014

    Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp


    (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)

    By Jean Parietti, Catholic News Service
    KENT, Wash. (CNS) -- After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it


Apr 17, 2013

Pope Francis names Worcester native apostolic nuncio to Pacific islands


 

WORLD

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.