Rome, Italy, Nov 25, 2004 / 22:00 pm
It was an Italian Thanksgiving yesterday for about a dozen United States bishops, who are in Rome this week for their Ad Limina visit.
Bishops from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska had Thanksgiving dinner at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where many of them studied for the priesthood.
The Ad Limina visit was filled with several important moments for the bishops. Highlights included mass at the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul. There, they celebrated their connection, through apostolic succession, to the early Church Fathers.
Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis described the mass at the Church of St. Paul Nov. 24 as emotional.