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April 15: Seminaries growing

April 16: Bishops on 'ad limina' pray for courage to defend religious liberty

April 17: Mass with St. Paul

April 18: Truly universal Church

April 19: The Vatican and diplomacy

April 20: Bishop Cordileone on
Vatican Radio

April 20: Down
to the tombs

April 20: Mass at
St. John Lateran

April 21: Audience
with Benedict XVI

April 22: An explanation

April 22: Migration, religious liberty
on US bishops'
Vatican agenda

Wrapping up
Just before their final Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome April 22, from left, Oakland Deacon
Derrick Oliveira, Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Father George Mockel, vicar general.
Courtesy photo

An explanation

Father George Mockel

Why do they call it the "Holy See?"

In fact, all dioceses are "sees." The term "Holy See" is simply used to distinguish it from other dioceses. "See" comes from the Latin word "Sedis" meaning chair or seat. It does not refer to a physical chair but rather the actual seat as in "residence."

The "Holy See" is the universal government that functions and operates from Vatican City. It is not the same as Vatican City since the government of the church extends beyond the physical reality of the Vatican.

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