Categories: Regional
      Date: Feb 22, 2013
     Title: Pope names longtime US Vatican diplomat, Worcester native, to be apostolic nuncio



By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named U.S. Msgr. Michael W. Banach, a Vatican diplomat, to be an apostolic nuncio, which will carry with it the title of archbishop.

The Vatican diplomat will have the rank of an ambassador while working in the Vatican Secretariat of State. The Vatican made the announcement Feb. 22.

Archbishop-designate Banach served as the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.

The 50-year-old archbishop-designate has served in the Vatican diplomatic corps since 1994.

Born in Worcester, Mass., Nov. 19, 1962, he was ordained to the priesthood July 7, 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.