Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will travel to Rome from 15 to 25 January 2017 for their Ad Limina visit to the Holy See. The bishops’ pilgrimage will include an audience with Pope Francis, meetings with senior members of the Roman Curia and visits to a number of holy sites.
The bishops’ pilgrimage is historically known as the Ad limina Apostolorum visit – or “to the threshold of the Apostles” – a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make (see canon 400, The Code of Canon Law).
All bishops charged with the leadership of a diocese are required to make an Ad Limina pilgrimage and this normally takes place every five years. The last Ad Limina visit by the Irish bishops was in 2006.