Pope Francis Becomes First Pope To Visit A Pentecostal Church In Outreach To Evangelicals
“Rome never changes” says the book Last Day Events p. 130. The Evangelic Protestants have no idea what they are getting into. This is the same kind of hug that was given to Christ the day that he was betrayed. Notice the warning found in the book The Great Controversy, p. 581: "God’s Word has given warning of the impending danger; let this be unheeded, and the Protestant world will learn what the purposes of Rome really are, only when it is too late to escape the snare. She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is piling up her lofty and massive structures, in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike." -Advent Messenger Commentary
Pope Francis embraces Evangelical Pastor Giovanni Traettino
Huffington Post | July 29, 2014
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.
Francis flew by helicopter Monday to visit the under-construction Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta. He met privately with a Pentecostal preacher who is an old friend, Giovanni Traettino.
Speaking to some 350 Pentecostal faithful in the church, Francis apologized for Catholic persecution of Pentecostals during Italy's fascist regime and stressed that there was unity in diversity within Christianity.
He acknowledged the remarkable nature of his visit, saying: "Someone will be surprised: 'The pope went to visit the evangelicals?' But he went to see his brothers."
Francis has met unofficially with several Pentecostal and evangelical preachers recently.