MANILA – Pope Francis personally received a copy of the new Manila Cathedral coffee table book on Monday.
Along with a replica of the Manila Cathedral bronze doors, the book was handed to the Pope by no less than Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and Manila Cathedral rector Regie Malicdem.
Tagle and Malicdem were in Vatican City along with the other Filipino bishops for their official visit.
Bishops from all over the world are mandated to undertake the “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in order for them to report the status of their respective dioceses and archdioceses to the pontiff.
Ad limina visits are traditionally scheduled every five years.
Monday's visit was dedicated for Filipino bishops from Luzon.
Earlier, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced that the prelates are divided into three groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. They will each have a week for a meeting with the Pope.
The visit is the first for Filipino bishops under Francis’ papacy. They made the last one in 2011 when they met with Pope Benedict XVI, according to the CBCP.