Friday, 5 February 2010

Bishop Kieran returns from Ad Limina visit

Bishop Kieran meet with Pope Benedict recently when he was in Rome with the rest of the bishops of England and Wales in their visit Ad Limina Apostolorum. This is the meeting, which normally happens about every 5 years in which they meet with the Pope and the various other offices in Rome to speak about their work, joys and concerns in their dioceses and in the country as a whole. The visit also includes masses at the tombs of St Peter and St Paul, and it is from this that the visit gets its name - Ad Limina Apostolorum literally means 'to the threshold of the apostles'. Bishop Kieran is now back in the Diocese.

During the visit the Pope confirmed that he would be visiting Britain in the autumn though no dates have yet been officially confirmed. It is presumed that he will during his visit that the Pope will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). On their Ad Limina visit, the Bishop visited two places connected to the life of  Cardinal Newman : the “Capella dei Magi” (Three Kings Chapel) and the Cardinal Newman Chapel, both located at the “Palazzo di Propaganda Fide,” headquarters of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the International Secretariat of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

To read the Pope's address to the Bishops of England and Wales go to the Bishops' Conference website.

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