The first group of Polish bishops will stand before Pope Francis and his closest associates on Monday in the Vatican. 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.
Polish bishops will meet the Pope in the Vatican in four groups. The first one has already arrived, they are bishops from the eastern dioceses of Poland. The Metropolitan of Lublin, Stanisław Budzik, became its leader. Pope Francis can ask them about the condition of the Polish Church, including the matter of covering up cases of pedophilia.
Polish bishops in the Vatican
– Certainly this is a topic that will appear during these talks, because we know that it is one of the important things that the media are talking about now, so I hope that after this visit we will have some new light – admitted Fr. Leszek Gęsiak, spokesman for the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
The first group will meet the Pope next Friday. Each of these groups has approximately 24 bishops and has official classes for 6 days. Details of the visit are agreed by the Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference with the Coordination Office of the meeting. For these arrangements, the Bishops’ Conference appointed Fr. Adam Sycz, rector of the Pontifical Polish Institute in Rome, who will coordinate the ad limina Apostolorum visit.
“Ad limina Apostolorum”. How many years of meeting?
Visits “ad limina Apostolorum”, that is “to the thresholds of the Apostles”, are the duty of representatives of every episcopate in the world. They are held cyclically every five years, becoming an opportunity to meet the Pope and the Roman Curia and to maintain ties with the Holy See.
The second group, which will start the visit to the Vatican on October 11, will include: the Archdiocese of Gdańsk with the Dioceses of Pelplin and Toruń, the Archdiocese of Szczecin and Kamień with the dioceses of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg and Zielona Góra-Gorzów, the Archdiocese of Kalisz and the Diocese of St.
The third group, which will begin the ad limina visit on October 18, will include: the Archdiocese of Warsaw with the dioceses of Warsaw-Praga and Płock and the field ordinariate of the Polish Army, the Archdiocese of Gniezno with the dioceses of Bydgoszcz and Włocławek, the Archdiocese of Łódź with the Diocese of Łódz and the Diocese of Łowicz and Częstochowa. and three Greek Catholic dioceses: the Przemyśl-Warsaw Archdiocese with the Wrocław-Koszalin and Olsztyn-Gdańsk dioceses.
The fourth group will begin their visit on October 25. It included the Archdiocese of Kraków with the dioceses of Bielsko-Żywiec, Kielce and Tarnów, as well as the Archdiocese of Katowice with the dioceses of Gliwice and Opole.
Summoned “as a matter of urgency”
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. – Not 5 but 7 years have passed since our last ad limina visit, so rumors that the Holy Father calls Polish bishops urgently are an expression of the desires of their authors, and not of reality, says Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
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