Archdiocese of Hartford: November 2011 Archives
There's not been lots of details revealed about the recent Ad Limina of New England's 18 bishops. That may be because most of the meetings are private affairs between a bishop --or a group of bishops-- and the Pope and his 12 key Vatican collaborators. The pilgrimage in Rome happened 3-9 November. The two New England Metropolitans, Cardinal O'Malley and Archbishop Mansell, led the bishops with the coordinating help of Bishop Evans.
There are things that are becoming more known because of the generosity of the bishops speaking about their experiences and their concerns.
Several stories of the recent Roman pilgrimage are noted here:
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap: "Together with the Holy Father"
Burlington's Bishop Salvatore Matano: "US ad limina visits in focus"
A widely circulated CNS article: "Ad Limina visit highlights religious freedom, evangelization"
The bishops of the United States have begun their official visit to heart of the Church by praying at the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul, meeting with Pope Benedict, and meeting with the various heads of the Church's departments at the Holy See to report on the various apostolic works undertaken for the proclamation of the Gospel.
The visit is called "Ad limina apostolorum," meaning, "to the threshold of the apostles." The Ad limina is a gesture of communio, an act of love, between individual bishop and the Pope. Hence, this is a pilgrimage of a bishop to center of faith. The Ad limina visits typically take place every 5 years though with Pope Benedict these pilgrimages are taking place every 7 years. Pope Benedict will meet all the diocesan bishops with the auxiliaries in the coming months and into 2012; he'll have met 190 heads of dioceses, plus.... by the time all is said and done.
John Thavis of CNS has a review of what's expected.