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Bishop Burbidge Discusses Dialogue on Vatican Radio

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is returning to the United States following a seven-day meeting at the Vatican. Bishop Burbidge co-chaired the Pentecostal/Catholic International Dialogue, appointed to the position by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Dialogue is the sixth between the two faith groups, with the first taking place in 1972. The Rome gathering is the first of five annual meetings scheduled in this current round. The topic of the 2011 Dialogue was “Charisms in the Church: Our Common Ground.”

During his week-long trip, Bishop Burbidge concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father on June 12, the Feast of Pentecost, and attended Pope Benedict’s weekly audience, where he assured Pope Benedict of the prayers of the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh. (See picture at right.)

Vatican Radio interviewed Bishop Burbidge and Pentecostal co-Chair Dr. Cecil ‘Mel’ Robeck, an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and professor of Church history and Ecumenics at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California.