Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church – Yahoo News

(If it’s “all the same”now, then I have to ask: Is the Pope (still) Catholic? -STLloyd)

VATICAN CITY AP — Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicisms greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.Francis flew by helicopter Monday to visit the under-construction Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta. He met privately with Pentecostal preacher Giovanni Traettino, an old friend.Speaking to some 350 Pentecostal faithful in the church, Francis apologized for Catholic persecution of Pentecostals during Italys fascist regime, when the practice of their faith was forbidden, and stressed that there was unity in diversity within Christianity.

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