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    Nov 21, 2014

    Diocese releases data documenting enrollment decline in Catholic schools

    Staff report

    SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday, Nov. 20, the Diocese of Springfield released data showing a steady decline in enrollment in diocesan high schools at the same time those same schools required millions of dollars in support in tuition assistance and to offset operating deficits.

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    Nov 20, 2014

    Postal Service says Christmas stamp offers message of hope, wonder

    (CNS photo/courtesy U.S. Postal Service)

    By Sarah McCarthy, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new Christmas stamp for the upcoming holiday season

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    Nov 19, 2014

    Catechists from Berkshire County receive Pius X Award at special Mass

    Story and photos by David Martin
    DALTON – The Pullano Family from St. Agnes Parish in Dalton said to be first chosen to receive the St. Pius X Award as a family

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    Nov 19, 2014

    Rally with Thanksgiving theme last-minute plea for immigration order

    (CNS photos/Tyler Orsburn)

    By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A table spread with the components of Thanksgiving dinner, with the White House as a backdrop, set the scene

Apr 17, 2013

Pope Francis names Worcester native apostolic nuncio to Pacific islands



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.