Every 5-8 years, each catholic bishop must go to the Vatican for what is known as an “Ad Limina” visit – Latin for “To the Threshold”. The bishop is visiting the “threshold” of the Apostles, and the Pope as the successor of St. Peter. During this visit, a bishop gives an accounting of his diocese, and receives counsel, instructions or advice from the Pope.
In February 2020, Bishop Wall, along with the other bishop of his region, made their Ad Limina visit with Pope Francis. In this episode, Bishop Wall describes the visit, which entailed speaking for 2.5 hours with the Pope, meeting with congregations of the Vatican, and making a retreat to Assisi.
“Ultimately, I’m not the shepherd of my diocese – but Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd, is the shepherd of the diocese.” – Bishop Wall
References and Further Reading:
- Region 13
- Pope Benedict: Catholic schools are centers for evangelization
- Cardinal Marc Ouellet
- Saying Mass “Ad Orientem”
- Are there Catholic “cults”?
- “How many people work in the Vatican? About half.” – Pope John XXIII’s keen sense of humor
- 2019 bishops’ retreat
- Bishop Wall’s 2 podcasts on Humanae Vitae
- Catholic News Agency Story interviewing Bishop Wall about Ad Limina visit
- Iceland’s nearly 100% Down Syndrome abortion rate
- Native Americans and the Gospel of Life
- Lateran Pact
- Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi
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