Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) will make a collective pilgrimage to Rome, April 16–21 for the traditional Ad Limina Apostolorum visit with Pope Francis, dicasteries, congregations and departments of the Roman Curia to report on the state of their dioceses.
The ad limina visit refers to the obligatory visit, every five years, by the ordinaries (bishops) of dioceses to the Holy See. It takes its name from the ancient practice of pilgrimages ad limina apostolorum—to the thresholds (or tombs) of Sts Peter and Paul in Rome.
Fr John Persaud, AEC Secretary told Catholic News via e-mail that the bishops will arrive April 14 and are required to present a report about their respective dioceses when they meet with the pope April 16.
This report which will provide a detailed insight into the state of the Church in their country “was sent since last year in preparation for the ad limina”. The bishops are required to visit and pray at the tombs of St Peter and St Paul and have Mass at the four Basilicas in Rome: St Peter’s, St Paul Outside the Walls, Mary Major and St John Lateran.
They will also journey to Assisi, Italy for pilgrimage April 22 in observance of their retreat day and gather for their customary Annual Plenary Meeting (APM), April 23 in Rome. Bishop Clyde Harvey of St Georges-in-Grenada will be the main host at the retreat. The APM will end April 26 and the bishops depart the following day. – KJ