LOOK: Filipino bishops visit Pope Francis in Vatican

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Posted at May 20 2019 08:09 PM

MANILA - Filipino bishops met Pope Francis in the Vatican City on Monday for their official visit.

Bishops from all over the world are mandated to undertake the “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in order for them to report the status of their respective dioceses and archdioceses to the pontiff.

Ad limina visits are traditionally scheduled every five years.

In photos released by the Vatican News, the bishops, headed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, were seen seated around the pope for a meeting at the Apostolic Palace.

Monday's visit was dedicated for Filipino bishops from Luzon.

Earlier, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced that the prelates are divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. They will each have a week for a meeting with the Pope.

The visit is he first for Filipino bishops under Francis’ papacy. They made the last one in 2011 when they met with Pope Benedict XVI, according to the CBCP.

Below are photos from the Vatican News:

Filipino bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City for their “ad limina apostolorum” visit. Photos from Vatican News

Filipino bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City for their “ad limina apostolorum” visit. Photos from Vatican News

Filipino bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City for their “ad limina apostolorum” visit. Photos from Vatican News

Filipino bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City for their “ad limina apostolorum” visit. Photos from Vatican News

Filipino bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City for their “ad limina apostolorum” visit. Photos from Vatican News