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Francis I a friend to Argentine Anglicans: Anglican Ink, March 13, 2013 March 14, 2013

Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, La Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America, Roman Catholic Church.
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The Bishop of Argentina and former primate of the Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur (Anglican Church of the Southern Cone), the Most Rev. Greg Venables, has applauded the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio saying the Argentine Archbishop is a devout Christian and friend to Anglicans, who has stood in solidarity with the poor against government corruption and social engineering.

In a note released after the election of the new Pope, Francis I, on March 13 Bishop Venables wrote:

“Many are asking me what Jorge Bergoglio is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written. I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary. He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans. I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him.”

Read it all in Anglican Ink.


1. Jan Pringle - March 14, 2013

I am so glad to read this. It was one of those moments…I liked him immediately. I felt the Holy Spirit was with him and loved the fact that he was both animated and humble. May God be with him and lead him.

2. Woody Norman - March 14, 2013

This is good to know. BTW, the Vatican Press Office issued a statement that the new pope is to be known as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I.

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