National Indigenous Bishop meets Holy Father
The Anglican Journal - Tali Folkins
In a personal highlight of what he and many others are calling a “historic” meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada’s National Indigenous Anglican bishop, met Pope Francis, leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.
The meeting was very brief, but long enough for MacDonald to issue an impromptu invitation to Francis to visit Canada.
MacDonald said the Pope’s demeanour when they met on Thursday, June 21 seemed friendly, but he’s not sure if his words got through, because of the language barrier. “He just smiled,” he said.
MacDonald, who is also WCC president for North America, was in Geneva, Switzerland, this week for one of the biennial meetings of the organization’s central committee. This year’s meeting, held June 15-21, included a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the WCC’s founding, and was marked by visits from Pope Francis as well as His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, the ecumenical patriarch—the most prominent patriarch of the world’s Orthodox Christians.