Pope Benedict XVI greets Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska, April 23 at the Vatican. Bishop Burns and other prelates from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska were in Rome making their "ad limina" visits. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (April 23, 2012)

This coming week, with my brother Alaskan bishops, I am a pilgrim in Rome on my first ad limina visit. Ad limina, which comes from the phrase, ‘ad limina apostalorum’ literally means, ‘to the threshold of the apostles’. For over a thousand years, Catholic bishops have traveled to Rome to give an accounting of their work in the diocese. First and foremost we will pray at the tombs of the two great witnesses to Jesus, the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. We will also meet with the successor of St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI.

Please keep us in your prayers.

Most Reverend Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Juneau