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May 21, 2018

Nigerian bishops begin Ad Limina visit to Rome

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week
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The first group of the Catholic bishops of Nigeria arrived Rome last week on Ad Limina Visit to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The bishops who arrived Rome April 14 will meet with the pope on Thursday, April 26 when the second group of bishops must have arrived.

According to Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariate of Nigeria (CSN), the first group will round-off on April 28 while the second group will finish on May 5.

Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri belongs to the second group.

The bishops will meet with Cardinal Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (also known as Propaganda Fide). The congregation takes care of churches in the developing world.

The bishops are expected to visit all the Descasteries (ministries) of the Vatican; more than 17 of them have talks with each head, before returning to Nigeria.

Ad Limina apostotorum – “to the tomb of the apostles visits” – are the meetings that groups of bishops (bishops’ conferences) from each ecclesiastical region in the world have with the pope every five years. In such occasions they also visit and celebrate Mass at the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul.



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