Ad Limina Visit 2012 — Mar 8, 2012
Bishop Richard Pates and Bishop Emeritus Joseph Charron, C.PP.S. are at the Vatican this week as part of their ad limina visit. The visit, which occurs every 5-7 years, is an opportunity for bishops of the region to gather, to pray at the churches of the apostles and to visit with the Holy Father and the head of various Vatican offices. At right, Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, celebrates Mass at the Altar of the Tomb of St. Peter's Basilica.
Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless, to the left, prays with other bishops from our region at St. Peter's Basilica. Behind Bishop Nickless is Des Moines' Bishop Pates.
Bishop Emeritus Charron accompanied Bishop Pates on the ad limina visit. Here, Bishop Charron joins other bishops from our region in celebrating Mass at the Altar of the Tomb of St. Peter's Basilica.
Iowa bishops, along the left, meet with officials from the Vatican's Congregation for Christian Unity. At the meeting were: Davenport Bishop Martin Amos, Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates, Des Moines Bishop Emeritus Joseph Charron, C.PP.S., and Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless.
Celebrating Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome are Davenport Bishop Martin Amos, Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Bishop Pates and Bishop Charron.