Pope Francis: An essential traveler ready to go

“I am the pastor of people who are suffering,” Pope Francis told Catholic News Service Feb. 1 during a discussion about his Iraq trip. In a sign of his determination to travel to Iraq, the pope indicated to CNS that he would consider taking a regular commercial flight to get there if needed.

Ten men take next steps as diaconate candidates

Seven men were admitted to candidacy for the permanent diaconate and three men continued their journey to ordination, one being instituted as a reader and two as acolytes during a special Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler at St. Mary’s Cathedral Jan. 22.