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The Catholic Church Seeks Help of Leaders in Charismatic Movement to Revitalize Church

February 25, 2014

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This is a short, seven minute message made by Pope Francis on Christian Unity spoke to the members of a Pentecostal Conference. But there is more to it than this. If you watch the whole video, apparently the Catholic Church has seen the need for a couple of decades now to revitalize their church by supporting the Charismatic Movement.

On the same day I found this video, I also got a longer version of it sent to me from the same conference. It was pretty cool how that happened. Something like that just does not happen every day. What I found so phenomenal about this was the back story given as to how Pope Francis even came to address this meeting.

That video is about 45 minutes long and well worth watching but if you don’t, here is the synopsis. Apparently Pope Francis is a Charismatic Christian. He chose the name Francis when he became pope because Saint Francis of Assisi was openly charismatic.

Copeland introduced someone he mentored years ago, Bishop Tony Bishop Palmer, who is now a bishop in the Anglican church. Palmer has been working with the past three popes for Charismatic renewal in the Catholic Church.

Bishop Palmer lived in S. Africa for years then was led by the Spirit to go to Rome to assist with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal at the request of the Vatican. When I watched this I thought, “Wow, the Vatican asked a Protestant for help!” Palmer also was in Argentina for a time and had become good friends with the priest there, the priest who would eventually become Pope Francis. It was because of this friendship that the pope called Bishop Palmer a little while after he was put into office. He asked Palmer to meet with him at the Vatican.  When Pope Francis heard Palmer was going to attend the K. Copeland leadership conference, he asked if he could videotape a message for the group of leaders. Here is the longer video.

Hint: There are four minutes in the beginning of this video with the conference leader, Kenneth Copeland, speaking and leading prayer, so you may want to advance ahead. This was a conference with thousands of leaders from very large Evangelical but also Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in the US.

If you liked this article, you may also like this one, “How God is Exploding Among Latinos” from Charisma Magazine.


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