This may be a first: archbishop preaches in Rome basilica from an iPad

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Being a bishop means being no stranger to debates and challenges, but also knowing the joy of sharing the faith, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

“We know a little bit about controversy and dissension, but like (St.) Paul we know also the joy not only of having encountered the Lord, we also know the joy of sharing him with others,” he said.

The archbishop was the homilist May 9 at a Mass at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He and other bishops of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were joined by dozens of pilgrims from the region, including a violinist, trumpet player, organist and cantor from the Archdiocese of Miami.

The Mass was part of the bishops’ “ad limina” visits to Rome and the Vatican.

In his homily, which he read from his iPad since he said he did not have a printer available, Archbishop Wenski said the “ad limina” visits are an occasion to consult with Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials, but even more they are an opportunity for the bishops to reaffirm their faith and strengthen their unity.

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