Q. ‘If the lay people have a proper appreciation for the unique role
of the priesthood, they will join in the effort to encourage more priestly
vocations.’ I like this point very much. What specifically should I do to
encourage more priestly vocations?
The question comes from a report on a
talk that Pope Benedict gave on 17 September to a group of bishops from
Brazil on the occasion of their ad limina visit. ‘Ad limina’ is the Latin for
‘to the threshold’. ‘Ad limina Apostolorum’ – ‘to the threshold of the Apostles’
- is the name used for the visit that diocesan bishops are required to make
every five years to the Pope in which they give a report on what is happening in
their dioceses and make a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and St Paul. It is
an expression of the unity of the Church.