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Ad limina visit underway with Italian TV appearance

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Francis Carroll has begun his ad limina visit to Rome by putting his linguistic skills to the test in a live appearance on Italian television.

Archbishop Carroll was the special guest on the state broadcaster RAI's religious program Cristianità. The program is shown on Sundays on RAI's International channel, which is seen in Australia on Foxtel and other pay TV channels.

Archbishop Carroll was accompanied on the program by Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Coleridge, who is fluent in Italian after several years working in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Both bishops took a series of questions from host, Daughter of St Paul Sr Myriam Castelli, on a variety of issues concerning the Church in Australia.

They touched on such topics as interfaith relations, the family and human dignity as well as issues surrounding evangelization in Australia's multicultural, multi-faith and secular society.

Following the show, Sr Myriam thanked Archbishop Carroll for appearing.

"My compliments to you on your Italian," she said.

36 of Australia's bishops are in Rome for the ad limina visit, which is a five-yearly pilgrimage that includes the tombs of the apostles, Sts Peter and Paul.

Their program of visits to various Vatican congregations gets underway on today.

A high point of the ad limina will occur on Tuesday when the bishops concelebrate Mass at St Peter's Basilica.

Pictured: Sr Myriam Castelli FSP (RAI TV host), Archbishop Francis Carroll, Christian singer Marco Tavola (also a guest on the show), and Bishop Mark Coleridge.

Ad Limina visit gets underway with Italian TV appearance (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 14/3/04)

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Australian bishops set for ad limina visit to Rome (CathNews 8/3/04)
RAI International: Cristianità
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference | Bishops List

15 Mar 2004