The Region XIII Ad Limina continued today with the much-anticipated visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, or as the Italians call it Santa Maria Maggiore.
Among the four major Basilicas of Rome, Saint Mary Major is the only one to have kept its original structure and is the home to the reliquary of the Holy Crib of Jesus. Because of this, some refer to this beautiful Basilica as the “Little Bethlehem of Europe.”
Today Bishop Berg stated:
“We have been with Saints Peter and Paul and we have been waiting for Mary. We are being touched and our [Catholic] faith is being stirred at the tombs of these great missionaries and martyrs. And now as we look to the Incarnation, the relics of the holy manger, our faith is more alive. May the people of the Diocese of Pueblo know of my constant prayers and my gratitude for their lively faith in Jesus Christ.”
After taking in the holy grandeur of the Basilica, Mass was celebrated by Bishop Baldacchino, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami. In his homily, he explained that with each decision and throughout every day, we make choices that either lead us to or lead us away from Jesus. When we go toward Jesus, we are more of who we are called to be. When we make choices that are not of God, we go farther away from God and begin to lose our identity.
Bishop Berg and the bishops of Region XIII spent the remainder of their day in meetings with various congregations. Most of the congregations are located on Via Conciliazione (the street that leads up to Saint Peter’s Basilica or Piazza San Calisto (near Trastevere which is where the early Christian community lived).
Bishop Berg explained that much of the day was full of reflection, taking in the content of the meetings. Even though the days are full, Bishop Berg has said on several occasions that the people of the Diocese of Pueblo are so much in his heart.
An additional highlight for Bishop Berg today was the meeting at the Congregation for Liturgy and Divine Worship. He explained that he is “very impressed with Cardinal Sarah and how he looked into each of [the bishops] hearts.”
Contributor: Amanda Zurface resides in Pueblo, Colorado, where she serves as the Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Pueblo. She also serves as the Catholic Content Specialist for Covenant Eyes. Amanda holds a License and MA in Canon Law and a BA in Catholic Theology and Social Justice. She is the co-author of Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, Confident: Helping Parents Navigate Online Exposure and Transformed by Beauty.