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Visit ad limina

Publié le : 2017-02-17 a 00h00 | Catégorie : Parish

Quinquennial visit ad limina 

In the Roman Catholic Church, a quinquennial visit ad limina or, more fully, quinquennial visit ad limina apostolorum or simply an ad limina visit, means the obligation of residential diocesan bishops and certain prelates with territorial jurisdiction (such as territorial abbots), of visiting the thresholds of the [tombs of the] Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, and of meeting the pope to report on the state of their dioceses or prelatures.


From April 23 to May 15, Bishop Durocher will be in Rome with all the Bishops of Quebec for the ad limina visit. This visit allows all Quebec bishops to perpetuate a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages: that of meeting the Pope periodically to talk with him about their ministry. In addition to this private audience – the highlight of the visit – the bishops will tour the various departments of the Roman Curia to discuss the reality of the Church in Quebec and to learn about the universal perspective. Finally, as a sign of continuity with the apostles whose ministry they perpetuate in the Church, the bishops will celebrate the Eucharist on the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul. The last ad limina visit of Canadian bishops dates back to 2007.


Tradition has it that in the name of his diocese the bishop gives a gift to the Pope for his charitable works. Monsignor Durocher invites the faithful who so desire to associate themselves concretely with this gesture. You can do this in three ways:


I. Place an offering in a basket at the exit of your parish church at the end of Sunday Masses on March 5, the first Sunday of Lent;

II. Make a check in the name of the Archdiocese of Gatineau indicating that it is a gift to the Pope, and hand it to your parish or send it to the Diocesan Center, 180  ave. Mont-Bleu, Gatineau, Quebec, J8Z 3J5;

III. Make a donation through the Internet by visiting the archdiocesan website ( and clicking on "Donation for the Pope - Ad limina Visit" on the home page.