Definition of ad limina apostolorum in English:

ad limina apostolorum

Pronunciation /ˌad ˌlɪmɪnə əˌpɒstəˈlɔːrəm/


Roman Catholic Church
  • To the tombs of St Peter and St Paul in Rome, as a pilgrimage destination. Now frequently used with reference to the obligatory regular visits made to the Holy See by certain members of the Church hierarchy to report to the Pope.


Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin ad limina apostolorum) from classical Latin ad + līmina, accusative plural of līmen threshold + post-classical Latin apostolorum, genitive plural of apostolus.