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Region XIV Bishops Celebrate Mass at Diocese of Rome Cathedral

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On the fourth day of their ad limina visit to the Vatican, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge and Bishops from Region XIV of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops met with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Bishops from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida began their day with the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Rome and the official seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope.

It is the oldest of the four major basilicas in the Eternal City and holds the distinction of being an Archbasilica. Situated outside the Vatican, it has been granted a special extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See.

At St. John Lateran, Bishop Burbidge prayed for the success of the Cathedral Campus project that will construct the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral for the Diocese of Raleigh.

The Bishops conclude their five-day meeting with the Holy Father and Vatican officials on May 11, meeting with the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. They will celebrate Holy Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest Marian Church in Rome.

Above and below: Bishops of Region XIV celebrating Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. (Click photos to view larger.)

Above: Bishop Robert Lynch, Diocese of St. Petersburg-Tampa, the Principal Celebrant and Homilist at Mass on May 10. (Click photos to view larger.)

Above: Mural over the main altar at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. (Click photos to view larger.)

Photos courtesy of SueAnn Howell of the Catholic News Herald in Charlotte.