Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholics reportedly upset by Pope's plans to visit Protestant congregation in Caserta

Catholic World News - July 24, 2014

Bishop Giovanni D'Alise of Caserta, Italy, was not informed about plans for a papal trip to the city until the news became public, according to veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso.

Magister reports that the Pope had planned to travel to Caserta to meet with his friend, the Evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, and speak to his congregation. Pope Francis, Magister notes, has had friendly ties with Pentecostal clergy and congregations since his days in Buenos Aires, and has expressed admiration for their evangelical energy.

However, Catholics in Caserta were upset by the Pope's plans to visit a Protestant congregation, Magister reports. After some tense discussion, the Pope's plans were changed. He will now travel to Caserta on Saturday, July 26, to meet with Catholics; his 2nd trip on July 28, will be to the Protestant congregation.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,841 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,158.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jul. 25, 2014 11:17 AM ET USA

    The unhappiness of Caserta's Catholics is understandable. In our time, Catholics need every possible support and encouragement to live out their faith. To provide that support to Protestants without also doing so for Catholics in the same place would have been at the very least unwise, as well as a missed opportunity. I doubt the Pope intended any insult, but this certainly wasn't his best PR move.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17