Ad limina visit of Bishops of Equatorial Guinea and Slovakia

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From June 3-10, 2024, the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life welcomed members of the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia and Equatorial Guinea.

 

Ad limina visit of Bishops of Slovakia

During the meeting Archbishop Cyril Vasiľ, spokesman for the Conference, presented the situation of the Church in Slovakia, which is characterized by the presence of two sui iuris Churches: the Latin Church and the Metropolitan Church of the Byzantine rite. Both have a rich tradition of consecrated life, which has always played a fundamental role in the country. Despite declining vocations, religious continue to be a valuable resource for the Church in Slovakia. Archbishop Vasiľ also highlighted the importance of contemplative life, represented by the Carmelite nuns and Benedictines.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Dicastery, expressed appreciation for consecrated life in the country, enriched by the presence of contemplative life and a Conference of Secular Institutes. He praised the commitment of consecrated persons in youth ministry, charitable activities and education in schools, as well as in parish and social ministry.

The visit was a fruitful opportunity for dialogue and discussion in which the desire to strengthen collaboration between bishops and consecrated persons was manifested in order to address current challenges and promote vocation ministry.

 

Ad limina visit of Bishops of Equatorial Guinea

During the meeting, the bishops presented an account of the situation of the Church in their country highlighting the crucial role of missionaries who, through Mission Centers run by priests, consecrated men and women and catechists, offer religious and spiritual formation to young people. The valuable support of native catechists, tireless collaborators of the missionaries, was also highlighted.

The Prefect of the Dicastery, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, emphasized the importance of catechesis in schools and then spoke about the challenges faced by missionaries.

Since many of the bishops present are newly appointed, special attention was paid to the procedures for the erection of associations with a view to becoming institutes of consecrated life and to the Motu Proprio Authenticum charismatis on the erection of new institutes. 

13 June 2024