Vatican expert presents at DMD, discusses papal visit and new book

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor John Thavis is a journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairs. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. John’s University. In 1983, he took a job reporting with Catholic News Service and began covering the Vatican daily, traveling with St. John Paul II and Pope…

President of U.S. bishops’ conference to keynote Diocesan Ministry Day

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the keynote speaker for Diocesan Ministry Day Aug. 31 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. The archbishop will speak on “Pope Francis: Prophet of Hope and Mercy,” an extension of the DMD theme “Voice of Hope.” He…