Bishop Crosby in Rome: Updates from the Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum

Bishop Crosby in Rome: Updates from the Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum

Stay tuned to this page to get regular updates on Bishop Crosby's visit in Rome for the Visita Ad Limina Apostolorum!

Bishop Crosby's Latest Heart to Heart from Rome!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Bishop Crosby has written his latest Heart to Heart from Rome. In this weeks issue he shares some of the highlights from his trip so far!
Check it out below:

Bishops of the ACBO with the Pope

Perspectives Daily- Ontario Catholic Bishop's Meeting with the Pope

Courtesy: Salt and Light TV
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Bishop Crosby and Bishop Fabbro spoke to Salt and Light about their meeting with the Pope. Watch below to learn more and to see some behind the scenes footage of the meeting.


Ontario bishops share concerns with Pope, especially on euthanasia

Courtesy: Catholic News Services
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like the two groups of Canadian bishops that preceded them, the bishops of Ontario said their meeting with Pope Francis was time spent with a brother bishop with similar joys and challenges in his pastoral work.

The 21 Ontario bishops making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican spent almost two hours talking with Pope Francis April 25. The visits "ad limina apostolorum" -- to the threshold of the apostles -- are a combination of a pilgrimage to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul and meetings with the main Vatican offices to exchange information, insights and ideas.

The meeting with Pope Francis was an informal exchange of concerns and signs of hope -- and at least one joke told by Pope Francis that Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London and Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton declined to share with Catholic News Service. But it was funny, they said.

The serious matters discussed during the meeting ranged from Canadian Catholic Church relations with the country's indigenous communities to immigration and from the persecution of Christians around the world to the introduction of medically assisted suicide in Canada.

Bishop Crosby, who is president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the Ontario group spoke particularly about members' concerns that proposed Ontario laws and policies surrounding euthanasia currently offer no real guarantees of the freedom of doctors and nurses to conscientiously object to actively helping a person die. The proposals also do not offer conscience guarantees to Catholic hospitals and health care providers.

Pope Francis, the bishop said, "agreed with our concern" and encouraged the bishops in their fight for conscience rights.

"It is a pressing issue for us," added Bishop Fabbro, president of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

In a separate interview with CNS, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto also described the conscience provisions surrounding legalized euthanasia as "the most urgent issue we are dealing with."

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2015 that people who are "grievously and irremediably ill" have a right to medical assistance in dying. Canadian provinces then had to draft laws to implement the decision.

Because the court decision was unanimous, the cardinal said, it will not be easy to overturn. In the meantime, the bishops of Ontario are working hard to get conscience protections into provincial norms, educating the faithful and providing material and moral support to Catholic health care providers to improve access to palliative care so that the seriously ill are not subject to constant unbearable pain.

The cardinal characterized the visits with the various Vatican offices as "very free-flowing conversations" on almost every imaginable topic of concern to both the local and universal church. "It's not like, 'What is the No. 1 burning issue?'"

Speaking just an hour after leaving Pope Francis, Cardinal Collins said, "He's a wonderful man, a very loving, pastoral person. What you see is what you get. He's very kind and very prayerful. It's always a high point of the 'ad limina' to meet the pope."

The "ad limina" visit, Bishop Fabbro said, is built around the pilgrimage to the tombs of the apostles, "praying to the apostles to intercede for us as bishops in our ministry as their successors." Making that prayer in Rome emphasizes that connection in a unique way.

In some ways, Bishop Crosby said, the "ad limina" does for a bishop "what the bishop does for the diocese in trying to make the parishes aware that they are not independent units, that we belong to a bigger group of people, the community is much larger." Meeting with the pope and Roman Curia officials highlights that the church "is very big indeed."

Asked what he was taking away from his meeting with the pope, Bishop Crosby immediately said, "rosaries" and pointed to a large envelope of rosaries blessed by Pope Francis.

Bishop Fabbro said his takeaway was "an encouragement to keep prayer and the proclamation of the Gospel the heart of my ministry."

Pope Francis spoke "of the importance of evangelization and how nowadays you aren't preaching to force people into the church, but you want to attract them to the message," Bishop Crosby said. "As I was listening to him I thought he has a very attractive personality. He is not loud. He is calm-thinking. The way he explains things is simple. You have a sense that he has a good understanding of humanity. And he's a light. He's a light to us."

Bishop Crosby travels with Bishop Miehm and Bishop Fabbro

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Pictured below is Bishop Crosby with Bishop Daniel Miehm, Bishop of Peterborough


Photo courtesy: Rober Kasun

Pictured below is Bishop Crosby with Bishop Ronald Fabbro, CSB, Bishop of London and President of the ACBO

 Photo Courtesy: Fr. Kyle Haden


The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario in Audience with Pope Francis

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bishop Crosby, Bishop Tonnos, Bishop Ustrzycki and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario are currently in Rome for their Ad limina visit. The Bishops arrived on Saturday morning and on Tuesday, April 25th, were received in a private audience by Pope Francis. This meeting gave each Bishop the opportunity to discuss with Pope Francis the life of the Catholic Church in their Diocese and across Canada. 

The Vistita Ad Limina Apostolorum means "to the threshold of the Apostles" and happens every five years. This visit gives the Bishops an opportunity to pray at St. Peter's tomb and to have this meeting with Pope Francis.

See below some pictures of this opportunity. Other figures in attendance include: His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London, and President of the ACBO, and Bishop Daniel Miehm former Auxillary Bishop of Hamilton, now present at the Ad Limina visit as Bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough.


Photos courtesy: Osservatore Romano Photographic Service