May 2013 BVOV Magazine

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Historic Change! NEW POPE Viewed as Pro-Unity, Pro-Renewal of the Holy Spirit Over the past decade the Rt. Rev. Tony Palmer, a former director of Kenneth Copeland Ministries' South African office and co-founder of The Ark Community, an international and interdenominational community of Christians based in the United Kingdom, has been extensively involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR). :: In 2003, Palmer was invited by the Catholic Church to move to Europe and minister to Catholics within the CCR worldwide, as a non-Roman Catholic minister. As a result of this calling, Palmer has traveled to many countries around the world and participated in numerous meetings with leaders within the charismatic renewal. I R C. J t was during a mission to Argentina five years ago that Palmer met and soon became close friends with Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. "We had called on him to ask permission to minister in churches within his diocese for renewal," Palmer recalled recently of that first meeting. "Immediately, Bergoglio shared his heart and appreciation for what we were doing, and fully embraced us and the work of the Holy Spirit in and through us—not only to Catholic people, but to all Christian denominations." On March 13, Bergoglio became the f irst nonEuropean pope in more than 1,000 years when he was elected to replace the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI, who abdicated on February 28. The 76-year- 16 : B VOV 5_13 Pope.indd 16 : old Bergoglio, who has now taken on the name Pope Francis, after the humble Catholic friar St. Francis of Assisi, was installed at the Vatican on March 19. "It is quite surreal for me to see my friend, spiritual father and prayer partner as the pope," Palmer said while on a ministry trip to Italy. "We have a good pope who is pro-unity and pro-renewal of the Holy Spirit. He believes that all Christians are one!" Like the leader whose name he chose to d r a w f rom , Francis is himself considered humble and is described as a conservative with "great compassion." In a speech he delivered to h is ca rd ina ls t wo days after being elected, Francis showed signs of his humility, compassion and reverence of the Holy Spirit when he told them: "Someone said to me: The cardinals are the priests of the Holy Father. That community, that friendship, that closeness will do us all good. And our acquaintance and mutual openness have helped us to be docile to the action of the Holy Spirit. He, the Paraclete, is the ultimate source of every initiative and manifestation of faith…. The Paraclete creates Tony Palmer with Kenneth Copeland Diversity is divine, but division is diabolic. It's time to celebrate diversity in the bond of unity. We are one Bride, one Body in one Baptism. Tony Palmer M AY ' 1 3 3/26/13 1:40 PM Pope recit

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