ad limina apostolorum


  • Latin: to the thresholds of the Apostles


A pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, canonieally required of all bishops every three to ten years, according to their distance from Rome. There they venerate the Apostles and render an account of their dioceses to the pope. A delegate may fulfill the obligation if the bishop is unable to go.

MLA Citation

  • “ad limina apostolorum”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2010. Web. 23 January 2019. <>