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Bishop Georg Bätzing watches ZdK president Irme Stetter-Karp speak at the "Synodal Way" assembly in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept 8. 2022.

Vatican and German bishops discuss theological questions from Synodal Way

Jul 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a joint statement from the Vatican and the German bishops’ conference, the meeting took place in a “positive... Read more

Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham at St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Dec. 6, 2019.

Bishop Baker: Ad limina inspires 'hopeful spirit' for renewal of Church in US

Dec 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Birmingham’s Bishop Robert Baker said Friday there is a hopeful spirit about the renewal of the Church in the United... Read more

U.S. bishops from New England at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 7, 2019.

New York bishops to vote remotely in Rome for USCCB elections

Nov 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

New York bishops will be voting remotely from Rome Tuesday for the election of the next leaders of the U.S.... Read more

Cardinal O'Malley celebrates Mass in the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica during an ad limina visit of the US bishops.

Cardinal O’Malley to US bishops: Ask for grace at St. Peter’s tomb

Nov 7, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In St. Peter’s Basilica Thursday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley asked American bishops to pray for the grace to make a profession... Read more

Pope Francis listens to an address by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising during the German bishops' ad limina meeting at the Vatican, Nov. 20, 2015.

Pope Francis laments the 'erosion' of the faith in Germany

Nov 20, 2015

In his message to Germany's bishops on Friday, Pope Francis noted a grave lack of participation in the sacraments among... Read more

Pope Francis meets at the Vatican with the Slovak bishops for their ad limina visit, Nov. 12, 2015.

Pope Francis encourages Church in Slovakia to welcome migrants

Nov 12, 2015

Speaking to the Slovak bishops on Thursday, Pope Francis reminded them that the Church is called to welcome immigrants and... Read more

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, the Central African capital, blesses an ex-Seleka figher at Camp Beal.

Justice and truth are the keys to peace in Central African Republic, Pope says

May 15, 2015

Pope Francis' address to the bishops of the Central African Republic on Friday focused on the Church's role in fostering... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on June 18, 2014.

Pope commends Malawians' pledge to family despite obstacles

Nov 7, 2014

Addressing the bishops from the southeast African nation of Malawi on Thursday, Pope Francis noted his gratitude to their people... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope encourages Ghana bishops in Ebola aid, evangelization efforts

Sep 27, 2014

Personal conversion is the key to the work and fruits of the Church, Pope Francis told bishops visiting Rome from... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Sep 14, 2014

In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of... Read more

The Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho.

Pope entrusts Rwandan reconciliation to Our Lady of Kibeho

Apr 3, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Meeting with the Rwandan bishops for their ad limina visit Thursday, Pope Francis urged them to be be agents of... Read more

Pope Francis walks with Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Polish bishop: Vatican visit shows no division with Church, Pope

Feb 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a recent interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik reflected his ad limina visit to Rome last week, explaining that in the... Read more


Pope tells French bishops defense of marriage is prophetic

Sep 21, 2012

Against the backdrop of an effort to recognize “gay marriage” in France, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of French... Read more


Colombian bishops make Assisi pilgrimage to pray for peace

Sep 12, 2012

In the wake of Pope Benedict's call for peace in Colombia, the country's bishops, who are in Rome for their... Read more

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller preaches March 15 at the tomb of St. Peter during the Region X ad limina visit.

Texas bishops hear call to unity at St. Peter's tomb

Mar 15, 2012

Bishops must strengthen their bonds of unity in order to evangelize the world, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in... Read more

Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo.

Rome visit affirms Missouri bishop, stirs memories of John Paul II

Mar 13, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo. was at the Vatican this week visiting with Pope Benedict and reporting... Read more

Archbishop Nienstedt gives the homily during Mass with Region VIII bishops in the Basilica of St. Mary Major's Borghese Chapel on March 5, 2012.

Archbishop Nienstedt says Mary is with bishops during trials

Mar 6, 2012

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis exhorted his brother bishops to stay close to Mary, and recalled... Read more