To the Bishops of the Episcopal Conferences of Indian Ocean on their "ad Limina" visit (November 9, 2004)
ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
Tuesday, 9 November 2004
Dear Brothers in the Episcopate,
1. I welcome you with joy during your ad limina visit. It gives me the opportunity to speak especially to you, Pastors of the Church scattered across the Islands of the Indian Ocean. Our meeting is an expression of communion between the Bishops and the See of Peter. "What then takes place is not simply an exchange of information but primarily the affirmation and the consolidation of collegiality... in the body of the Church, which gives rise to unity in diversity" (Pastores Gregis, n. 57). I thank Bishop Gilbert Aubry of Saint-Denis-de-la Réunion, President of your Bishops' Conference, for his fraternal words in your name, expressing your faithful attachment to the Successor of Peter.