Ad Limina Apostolorum

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NO DOUBT there will be many issues that the Scottish bishops will want to bring to Pope Benedict XVI’s attention this week.

Eleven members of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland flew to Rome today to begin their Ad Limina Apostolorum fresh from learning that the Holy Father will indeed be visiting Britain later this year.

“It is with a great sense of anticipation that Scotland’s Bishops prepare to travel to Rome,” Cardinal Keith O’Brien, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said prior to their departure.

Each bishop will report about the state of his diocese while in Rome.

Cardinal O’Brien is due to speak with Pope Benedict on Friday and is expected to tell him ‘we now look forward to your visit to Scotland in the autumn and assure you of a very wonderful welcome from all of the peoples of Scotland.’

Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow, speaking about his archdiocese, added that: “The clergy are in good heart, the faithful are devout… The physical needs of the Church are being addressed with many of our historic churches being repaired through the support of public funds and the Cathedral undergoing a major renovation in good time for the celebration of its second centenary and hopefully for the visit of the Holy Father later this year.”

Prior to the ad limina Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley told the SCO: “I am not alone in hoping that the revised English translation of the Roman Missal, to be published sometime in 2011, will help to make the liturgy more uplifting and have a beneficial effect on liturgical practice. In fact, the suggestion has been made that the Holy Father might use the new texts at the Masses he will celebrate in his forthcoming visit to the United Kingdom, but we do not know how that suggestion will be received.”

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