Filipino bishops to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican

Filipino bishops to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican

By Roy Lagarde

January 24, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The bishops of the Philippines will make a pilgrimage to Rome in the coming months where they will meet Pope Francis and report the state of their dioceses.

Fr. Marvin Mejia, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, confirmed that the church hierarchy will undertake the “Ad Limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in May and June.

He said that the visit will take place in three different groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

And since Luzon is a big delegation, the bishops under the Ecclesiastical Province of Caceres will join the Visayas group and those from the Ecclesiastical Province of Lipa will be with the Mindanao prelates.

“It will be held in the last two weeks of May and the first week of June so each group will have a week in Rome,” Mejia said.

Aside from a personal meeting with the pope, the visit also consists of a pilgrimage to major basilicas in Rome and encounters with various dicasteries of the Roman Curia.

Ad limina visits traditionally have been scheduled every five years.

This will be first ad limina visit for the Filipino bishops under Francis’ papacy. The last one was made in 2011 when they met with Pope Benedict XVI.

The Catholic News Service previously reported that Pope Francis launched a new style of ad limina visit which is more informal and characterized by a free-flowing dialogue.