MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s Catholic archbishop will take part in a bonding ritual with Pope Benedict Tuesday in Rome. The pope will bestow his pallium on Jerome Listecki – who left on Friday with over 100 pilgrims from his own archdiocese, as well as regional churches based in La Crosse and Chicago.
The pallium is a wool band that’s a symbol of an archbishop’s bond with the pope. Listecki says the tradition reminds him of the responsibility he has to the Catholics he serves. The Milwaukee archdiocese includes 10 counties in southeast Wisconsin. Listecki became its new leader in January, a few months after Tim Dolan left to become the archbishop of New York.