BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Bishop Richard Malone touched down in Buffalo Sunday evening following a New York State bishops “ad limina” visit to Rome.
(“Ad limina” is where bishops present themselves before the pope to give an account of the state of their dioceses.)
After dodging protesters and reporters at the airport Sunday, Monday morning the Bishop released a statement in the form of a video message with what he called “highlights” from his visit.
Malone said the Pope was “most welcoming and gracious” and expressed a paternal love and support for each NY bishop.
On the struggles specifically impacting the diocese, Malone said the Pope spoke privately with him and made “clear that the Pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo, and I personally, have been experiencing.”
Malone said the Pope was understanding and kind.
Malone went on to say in message — the greater part of the week consisted of meeting as a group with officials of the Holy See which culminated in a 2-hour group meeting with Pope Francis Friday morning.
Malone said the group discussions touched on the “challenges and opportunities” the church is facing.
He added the bishops shared their agendas and courses of action to address individual diocese challenges including care for victim survivors of abuse.
The video ends with Malone giving assurances that he was committed to the healing of survivors, rebuilding trust and renewing faith for Catholics and the Western New York community.
You can watch the full message here.