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Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue focuses on healing

Catholic World News - July 29, 2013

The Joint International Commission for Catholic–Pentecostal Dialogue, conducted under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, recently concluded a weeklong discussion in Baltimore on the charism of healing.

The co-chairs of the dialogue -- Rev. Cecil M. Robeck of Fuller Theological Seminary and Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh -- are both from the United States.

“Healing is a subject on which Catholics and Pentecostals have much in common,” said Robeck. “While many people may view the healing ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ with skepticism, or dismiss it altogether, Catholics and Pentecostals believe that God continues to heal and perform miracles.”

“This year’s Dialogue has provided a wonderful opportunity for members of the Catholic and Pentecostal teams to renew our common faith in the healing power of Jesus, the One who continues to demonstrate His love and miracles in our midst,” said Bishop Burbidge. “The Dialogue has helped us to focus on how the charism of healing is understood, expressed and celebrated in our churches and faith communities.”

“We have acknowledged that our theological understanding of the charism of healing requires further exploration,” he added. “In addition, we noted that the context and supervision of healing ministries within our churches and faith communities will also benefit from further study and discussion.”

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