Ukrainian Bishops from Poland Meet with Pope Francis
In late January, the Vatican began a regular series of visits ad limina apostolorum. Every 5 years or when the opportunity arises, Catholic bishops from around the world take turns coming to Rome for a visit, which translated from Latin means “the thresholds of the Apostles” to personally meet with the Holy Father. The visit also includes a prayer in the Roman basilica, meetings in the Vatican congregations, as well as a joint meeting of bishops with the pope, who gives them appropriate instructions on the basis of reports that he received.
From January 27 to 31, 2014, the Catholic bishops of Austria visited the Vatican for this reason, and from February 1 to 8 the Catholic bishops of Poland will be in the Vatican. On February 1, the Holy Father received the first group, which includes the hierarchy of the Metropolitanates of Gniezno, Poznan and Lodz, and the Przemysl-Warsaw Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Poland, which includes the Przemysl-Warsaw archeparchy, Vatican Radio reports.