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Pope meets with US Protestant delegation

June 11, 2014

Pope Francis received a delegation of 15 US Protestants and Mormons at the Vatican on June 5.

Westmont College President Gayle Beebe wrote, “The Pope invited the Protestant leaders to discuss the question: ‘Can we find common ground in order to advance the life and ministry of Jesus so more people can experience the joy of Christian faith?’”

Members of the delegation included Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, former US Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, and televangelist Joel Osteen.

“I just felt very honored and very humbled,” said Osteen, according to a Christian News Network report. “It was amazing. And even to go back into that part of the Vatican-- there’s so much history there, the place that they took us through. You feel that deep respect and reverence for God.”


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Jun. 11, 2014 10:05 PM ET USA

    I bet the Vatican saved some money on the electric bill too every time Mr.Osteen flashed that famous smile!

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jun. 11, 2014 9:32 AM ET USA

    Hmm, the only Mormons present were the senator and his wife, who presumably were there more as political leaders and understood not to be religious leaders. Their presence is perhaps kind of incidental and he reported Francis had "no specific message" for him. Maybe the blame rests with the press for lumping Mormonism, a non-Christian polytheistic religion, together with protestant Christianity. It seems healthy protestant leaders want to have friendly contact with the Pope.

  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 11, 2014 8:48 AM ET USA

    Wouldn't a better question have been, What can the Church do to help you continue your ministries from inside rather than outside the universal Catholic Church?