Holy See: 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"
His Excellency, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 70, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be his personal representative to the Church in the United States and to the US government, on 19 October 2011. As ambassador he'll have to recommend to the Pope the new bishops, handle ecclesial matters of significance and work with the US politicians. Archbishop Viganò met with the Pope this morning. He is set arrive in time for the general meeting of US Bishops, 14-16 November in Baltimore.
David Kerr of The National Catholic Register has a story relating these diplomatic events and more of Viganò's history.
You may also want to read Cindy Wooden of the Catholic News Service's October 19th article for a another perspective.