The Catholic Bishops from West Bengal and north eastern states of India arrived Rome for their pilgrimage visit.
According to Catholic tradition, every five years as per the dates determined by the Holy See, the bishops of a particular region make their pilgrimage to the tombs of great apostles Peter and Paul which is known as ad limina, literally meaning “to the threshold.” During this occasion, each Bishop submits a report about his diocese with future plans and prospects to the Holy See; have personal meeting with the Pope, the successor of Apostle Peter, to share the life of the Church in his diocese; and meet with the officials of the Roman Curia. This sharing of information, and advice and suggestions offered by the officials help the growth and progress of the Church.
The Bishops formally began their ad limina visit with the Holy Mass Celebrated at the tomb of St. Peter, the Apostle below the Basilica of St. Peter at Vatican in the morning of May 5. The present visit will last till May 16.
During these days, the Bishops will visit and celebrate Mass in the four major Basilicas of Rome, have individual meeting with the Pope and visit and share the report with the concerned dicasteries. Archbishop Domininc Lumon DD the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kohima is in Rome for the same purpose. On the concluding Pope will address the Bishops all together, making his observations and fraternal advice to them as his collaborators. We pray for the success of their meeting for the good of the church in North East India.