Ad Limina – Rome 24-29 Sep 2018
UK Bishops – ‘Ad Limina’ visit to Rome 24-29 September 2018
Every five years the Bishops of England and Wales make a collective pilgrimage to Rome where they meet the Pope and report on the state of their dioceses. Ahead of these visits, bishops are required to compile detailed reports about their respective dioceses which provide an insight into the state of the church in their country. Along with seeing the Pope, the bishops have meetings with various Vatican dicasteries (depts) and can arrange individual meetings with the leaders of curial departments to discuss specific matters.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, is respected in Rome for his sure-footed leadership and has been appointed by the Pope to sit on some important Vatican bodies. These include the Congregation for Bishops – which plays a key role in the section of church leaders – the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the council of the Synod of Bishops, a body which is helping the Pope reform the Church. Please see the links below (to the Vatican & Diocese of Middlesbrough) for an update of the September Ad Limina visit.
Link1: Watch: Video of Cardinal Nichols speaking about the visit beforehand
Link2: Read: ‘Reflections on Our Visit’ – (Statement from the Bishops 29 Sep 2018)
Link3: Read: Statement on ‘Safeguarding’ made preliminary to the visit