Today concluded the 2020 Ad Limina Visit for the bishops of Region XIII. It was very appropriate that the final Mass of the week was celebrated at Saint John Lateran. This basilica is one of the four major basilicas of Rome and is the final basilica for the bishops to make a pilgrimage to this week since it is actually Rome’s Cathedral.
In his homily, Bishop Sheridan of the Diocese of Colorado Springs explained that Saint John Lateran is the Cathedral Church of Rome and the Mother Church of the whole world. The bishops gather together at Saint John the Lateran to celebrate their communion with the Pope and with one another.
Among the many highlights of Saint John Lateran includes a fragment of the table on which Jesus consumed the last supper, located above the sacramental altar. Additionally, there are many chapels in the Cathedral. These include an Adoration Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament and one that is home to a replica of the well-known image of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
In addition to Mass, the day also included the bishop’s final meetings with the heads of staff for the Pontifical Councils. The final Councils visited today included the Congregation for Clergy and the Secretary of State.
The day ended with Bishop Berg touring the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. This is something he has wanted to do for many years and he was grateful for the opportunity.
When admiring the art at the Vatican museum Bishop Berg explained: “The art here is just spectacular. The smallest detail draws the viewer into the beauty of Christ. A beauty that’s reflective in each one of us.”
Bishop Berg continues to assure each and every one of you of his prayers and asks for your prayers as he makes his journey home to the Diocese of Pueblo.
Did you follow the 2020 Ad Limina Visit? If you missed any of the highlights, we hope you will visit Diocese of Pueblo 2020 Ad Limina.
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.