Diocese of Manchester

Diocese of Manchester, NH

New Hampshire's Catholic bishop says the state can resettle refugees while keeping residents safe from potential terrorists. 

<>In a statement Friday, Bishop Peter Libasci said the Diocese of Manchester stands ready to help Syrians fleeing violence. He said while security concerns are understandable in the wake of recent attacks, including the mass killings in Paris, New Hampshire residents should learn more about the screening process for refugees and quote "to consider the stories of the persecution these poor souls have suffered."

Saint Luke Institute

A former top Manchester diocese official has been ordered to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars to the church and other organizations in a plea deal reached this morning.

Things started to go bad for Monsignor Edward Arsenault in May, when he stepped down as President of the St. Luke Institute, a priest treatment center in Maryland.

Arsenault quit the job – and its $170,000 salary -- when prosecutors announced an investigation into misuse of church finds and an improper adult relationship.

Prosecutors say between 2005 and March of last year, Edward Arsenault stole thousands of dollars from the Manchester diocese, the Catholic Medical Center and the estate of another priest.