As part of the Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, Polish bishops visited the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization on Monday. One of the topics of the talks was the situation of marriages, families and young people, informed Bishop Jan Wątroba. The audience with Pope Francis for the first group of bishops from Poland is scheduled for Friday
Visit of the first group of Polish bishops began on Monday with the morning mass. in the Vatican Basilica, celebrated at the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle. The liturgy was presided over by the Bishop of Sandomierz, Krzysztof Nitkiewicz.
Visit every five years
During Monday’s briefing in Rome, Archbishop of Lublin, Archbishop Stanisław Budzik, said that “every five years each diocese is obliged to pay a visit to the Holy See, which is preceded by intensive work in the diocese.”
He explained that a detailed report on diocesan life was sent beforehand, on its various dimensions: pastoral care and evangelization.
“Texts sent to the Vatican are also sent to specific congregations and institutions that we visit. In this way, their presidents are already prepared, they know the situation of the Church in Poland in a given field” – informed the hierarch in a release from the press office of the Polish episcopate.
“The report in Italian reached the dicastery as early as July this year and was studied by its employees” – informed the bishop of Rzeszów, Bishop Jan Wątroba.
Archbishop Budzik also noted that the visit was also a pilgrimage, which included visiting the tomb of St. Peter. It is also a pilgrimage “to the apostolic thresholds, that is, we pay a visit to the Holy Father” – he indicated.
He said that this was the second visit of the Church’s Ad Limina Apostolorum in Poland to Pope Francis. He explained that previous meetings with the popes lasted 15-20 minutes. “Pope Francis takes a larger group of bishops, but talks with them longer, about an hour and a half. At least it was like that before,” he added.
Visits to Vatican Dicasteries
Every day of their visit, bishops visit the Vatican dicasteries. On the first day, the bishops visited the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
“I presented the issues of pastoral care of families in Poland, including crisis situations experienced by married couples, families, young people” – said Bishop Wątroba.
He informed that the current topic was also the synod of bishops, which will start in the Vatican on October 9-10. “The undersecretary of the dicastery reminded that the newness of the synod is that it is to be a synod of dialogue, conversation, listening, but also the formation of the laity.”
Referring to the meeting with representatives of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Bishop Wątroba said that its president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, discussed topics related to the broadly understood issue of evangelization, including with the ministry of a catechist.
Audience with the Pope on Friday
The audience with Pope Francis for the first group of bishops from Poland is scheduled for Friday, October 8 in the morning. According to reports published in the media in May, the bishops were summoned “as a matter of urgency”, and the summons itself resulted from a large number of complaints against Polish hierarchs.
Every morning, except Friday, the bishops will celebrate the Holy Masses. in subsequent Roman basilicas: on Tuesday in St. John in Lateran, and on Wednesday in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. On Thursday morning, the bishops will join the Holy Mass celebrated every week. at. 7:10 at the tomb of St. John Paul II. In turn, on Friday afternoon, the bishops will celebrate the Eucharist at the end of their visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
By the end of October, four groups of bishops from Poland will visit the Holy See.
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