Vatican, Sep 19, 2019: Bishop of Mangalore, Rev.Dr.Peter Paul Saldanha is presently on the ’Ad Limina’ visit to the Vatican. On this 5 year requirement Bishops of the region too perform this visit simultaneously. Former Bishop Rev.Dr.Aloysius Paul D’Souza is also part of this event.
The Bishop of Mangalore marks this event in a special way - it is his first ’Ad Limina’, officially visiting the tombs of Sts. Peter & Paul who happen to be the Bishop’s Patron name sakes too.
What is ’Ad Limina’ : In the Roman Catholic Church, a quinquennial visit ad limina, more fully ad limina apostolorum or simply an ad limina visit, means the obligation of residential diocesan bishops and certain prelates with territorial jurisdiction, of visiting the thresholds of the [tombs of the] Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, and of meeting the pope to report on the state of their dioceses. It is a formal trip usually made together by all bishops from a single region or Catholic bishops’ conference to discuss with the Pope issues specific to their regions. It is separate from other trips a bishop might make to the Vatican, such as to attend a synod. The ad limina visit happens every five years, or quinquennially.