Filipino bishops to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican mid-2019


Posted at Jan 24 2019 12:41 PM

Pope Francis smiles as he delivers his messages during a mass at the Cathedral church in Manila in April 2016. File photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA - Filipino bishops will meet with Pope Francis and report the state of their dioceses when they make a pilgrimage to the Vatican later this year, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said.

They are to undertake the “Ad Limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in the latter half of May and the first week of June, according to a report on the CBCP's news website.

Aside from a personal meeting with Pope Francis, the bishops will also make a pilgrimage to major basilicas in Rome and encounter with various dicasteries of the Roman Curia during the visit, the report quoting CBCP secretary general Fr. Marvin Mejia said.

The schedule would allow the 3 groups--subdivided into Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao--to each have a week in Rome, said Mejia.

The May-June ad limina visit will be the first for the Filipino bishops under Pope Francis’ papacy. They made the last one in 2011 when they met with Pope Benedict XVI, according to the CBCP.

Ad limina visits are traditionally scheduled every 5 years.