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18.04.2006 General News

Catholic Bishops to Meet Pope Benedict Xvi

By Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi)

Nineteen members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) left Accra last night for a two-week meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

The delegation is led by the president of the Conference, Most Rev. Lucas Abadamloora.

The visit, known as the Ad Limina, is a statutory visit that every bishop is expected to make every five years. The bishops brief the Pope on the activities that they have carried out or plan to carry out in their dioceses.

While at the Vatican, the bishops will hold discussions with some of the dicasteries or ministries and departments of the Holy See.

They will also attend a three-day seminar on communications at the Gregorian University on the theme: 'Modern Media Technologies and Pastoral Efficiency, with particular reference to the Information and Communication Technology-ICT. The seminar is organized by the Department of Social Communications of the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra.

The bishops of Ghana made their last Ad Limina in 1999. A scheduled visit for 2004 was cancelled due to the heavy work load and poor health of Pope John Paul II.

The bishops will meet the Ghanaian community in Rome this weekend.