What Is an "Ad Limina" Visit?

Ss. Peter and Paul
Ss. Peter and Paul

Every five years, bishops of the world make a pilgramage to meet with the Holy Father and pray at the tombs of St Peter and St. Paul. The formal name of the visit is "ad limina apostolorum," which means "to the thresholds of the apostles" Peter and Paul, who were martyred in Rome.

As Cardinal Donald Wuerl said during an "Ad Limina visit in January 2012,  "Our celebration is a visible sign of the communion of faith spread throughout the whole world and how it is anchored here in Rome, where Peter lives now, bearing the name Benedict XVI."

He was part of an "Ad Limina" visit for the bishops of District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services and from the Virgin Islands.

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