Yesterday, American Bible Society President and CEO Roy Peterson had a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis.
According to a news release from the American Bible Society (ABS), while the meeting was the first for Peterson, it was the continuation of an ongoing dialog between ABS and Roman Catholic leadership around the importance of Bible engagement to the Christian life.
Also in attendance at the meeting were a delegation of ABS staff and members of the Green Family, the driving force behind The Green Collection of Bible artifacts.
“It was an honor to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis and hear him speak about his personal passion for Scripture,” said Peterson, speaking in the news release from from Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence where the Holy Father makes his home.
He added, “Papal endorsement of the importance of God’s Word will encourage Catholics around the world to open the Scripture for themselves and experience its life-changing message.”
Peterson, who took the helm of the 198-year-old American Bible Society just two months ago, believes the ministry’s relationship with the Catholic Church is an important part of the larger Bible engagement movement taking place today.
“I felt God’s favor on the Bible movement today,” said Peterson in the release.
He continued, “The Bible is at the center of the Christian faith, whether that faith is expressed through a Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox tradition. It is exciting to see how God is knitting together the broader Christian family through our shared love for His Word.”
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SOURCE: ASSIST News Service