Last week, as can be read about more extensively here, Dr. Kimberly Reisman, Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism, joined the World Methodist Council delegation visiting the Vatican for ecumenical dialogue and an audience with Pope Francis.
The meeting celebrated 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue that was initiated following the sweeping changes of the Second Vatican Council.
The delegation included the World Methodist Council Steering Committee, Pastor Mirella Manocchio – President of L’Opera per le Chiese Evangeliche Metodiste in Italia (OPCEMI), and members of the Methodist Roman Catholic International Commission for dialogue.
The occasion was marked by Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, and Pope Francis, leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, giving remarks celebrating the carefully built camaraderie over the past several decades and observing areas of shared interest, respect, and partnership.
Later in the evening, an ecumenical prayer service was held, presided over by Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, His Excellency the Most Reverend Brian Farrell.