Tag: ad limina

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests

| Cindy Wooden | February 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis “is a father who knows very well his daughters and sons,” including those who belong to the Eastern Catholic churches, said the Armenian Catholic bishop of the United States and Canada.

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Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

| February 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with — like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon.

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Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

Papal advice: Hail Marys and humor

| Jonathan Liedl | February 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last month, the seminarians from Region 8 (Minnesota and the Dakotas) had the privilege of joining Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and the region’s other bishops for the beginning of their meeting with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace. After greeting each of us individually, the Holy Father shared some spiritual guidance with the gathered seminarians. “Keep your sense of humor, pray your rosary, and stay close to the Madonna,” he told us, before giving us his blessing.

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Becoming better listeners

Becoming better listeners

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the context of our Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening events these past four months, I have frequently spoken about the “listening Church,” drawing often on observations that Pope Francis has made on that theme and on a 2018 document from the International Theological Commission, “Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church,” that was published after receiving a favorable review from Pope Francis. I have found the Holy Father’s insights to be particularly rich in this area, and I have collected pages of quotations from him as he has addressed the topic from a variety of angles. That being said, nothing has been as helpful for me in understanding the essence of the listening Church as was our “ad limina” visit with him on Jan. 13.

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A pilgrim reflects: Finding beauty in the Church

A pilgrim reflects: Finding beauty in the Church

| Mitchell Kohler | January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

We were blessed to attend the weekly general audience with Pope Francis while on our ad limina pilgrimage with the bishop of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, and at the end of the audience we were able to take a picture with him.

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Bishops must listen, learn, be healed by God, archbishop says

Bishops must listen, learn, be healed by God, archbishop says

| Carol Glatz | January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Our church needs leaders today who are willing to listen and learn, who are willing to be healed and to serve, who are willing to proclaim boldly what God has done for us,” Archbishop Hebda said at Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

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Pilgrims persevere through early morning, missed train

Pilgrims persevere through early morning, missed train

| Sara Kohl | January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Good morning! 

Actually, as I write this, it is evening here in Rome, but time has been a funny barrier for us pilgrims today, so I will stick with Minnesota time.

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‘A very encouraging encounter’: Region’s bishops meet with Pope Francis

‘A very encouraging encounter’: Region’s bishops meet with Pope Francis

| January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It was magnificent. It was very informal,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said. “The Holy Father was very open. We could talk about anything with him. He was very forthcoming with us and very supportive, very fraternal.”

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Bishops begin ‘ad limina’ visit with reflection on being ‘rock’ of faith

Bishops begin ‘ad limina’ visit with reflection on being ‘rock’ of faith

| Cindy Wooden | January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

St. Peter’s transformation from an erring disciple to the “rock” on which Jesus built his Church was not the result of lessons gleaned from a “self-help” book, but from growing ever closer to the Lord, said Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.

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Bishops find hope, and humor, during ‘ad limina’ meeting with pope

Bishops find hope, and humor, during ‘ad limina’ meeting with pope

| January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The “ad limina” visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican are occasions to be honest about challenges, while also being encouraged to hope, said Bishop John T. Folda of Fargo, North Dakota.

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History lesson: gladiators and martyrs to the faith

History lesson: gladiators and martyrs to the faith

| Will Herrmann | January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Following Sunday Mass at the Pontifical North American College (celebrated by alumnus Archbishop Hebda and assisted by seminarians from our archdiocese), we met art historian Elizabeth Lev for a tour of pre-Christian Rome, beginning at the iconic Colosseum.

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A pilgrimage within a pilgrimage: Assisi

A pilgrimage within a pilgrimage: Assisi

| January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today, we took a pilgrimage within our pilgrimage, visiting Assisi, the home of Sts. Francis, Clare, and Agnes.

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