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Cardinal ordains U.S. Archbishop Banach, two others for diplomatic service

Posted By May 2, 2013 | 1:19 pm | Featured Article #4
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With ambassadors from around the world in attendance, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone ordained as archbishops three members of the Vatican diplomatic corps -- including U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach -- who will serve as nuncios. Archbishop Banach, 50, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., was named nuncio to Papua New Guinea; he had been the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.

 

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By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With ambassadors from around the world in attendance, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone ordained as archbishops three members of the Vatican diplomatic corps — including U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach — who will serve as nuncios.
Archbishop Banach, 50, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., was named nuncio to Papua New Guinea; he had been the Vatican’s representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.
The others ordained April 27 were: Italian Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, 46, former Vatican undersecretary for relations with states, who was named nuncio to Colombia; and 48-year-old Archbishop Brian Udaigwe, who was born in Cameroon but ordained for the Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria. He will serve as nuncio to Benin.
Pope Francis offered his congratulations to three new archbishops April 29 during a meeting with them and members of their families.
Cardinal Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, presided over the ordinations during a Mass at the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica.
In his homily, he spoke about the role of a bishop and about Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to love one another as he loved them.
Loving like Jesus did, the cardinal said, means loving others to the point of offering up one’s life if necessary.
“Offering one’s life means giving oneself in full availability, placing the gifts you have received from God at the service of others, giving others your time, giving your lives without reservation,” the cardinal said. “We find it easy sometimes to give things, but it’s much more difficult, important and fruitful to give our time, moved by a missionary spirit.”
While the nuncio’s job is to promote the spiritual good of a nation’s people by maintaining cordial relationships with civil authorities and supporting the local bishops, Cardinal Bertone said, they also need to exercise the fullness of their priesthood by “going out to meet those searching for truth; lighting a lamp in the hearts of those walking in darkness; sowing peace, joy and hope in those suffering from solitude, distress and injustice.”

U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., the new nuncio to Papua New Guinea, greets cardinals during his episcopal ordination  in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring

U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass., the new nuncio to Papua New Guinea, greets cardinals during his episcopal ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring