Pope Francis has been in the media spotlight ever since being elected to leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. His recently announced marriage colloquium is no different; the Pope has invited 32 faith leaders from around the world and different religious traditions to the Vatican to discuss marriage and human flourishing. Among the four evangelicals invited to the conference is Fuller Theological Seminary alumnus Rick Warren. Warren, a graduate of the DMin program and founding pastor of Saddleback Church, will join N. T. Wright, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and others for the three-day gathering.
Kurt Fredrickson, associate dean for the Doctor of Ministry Program, commented, "I am excited to read that Rick Warren has been invited to meet with Pope Francis as part of this Vatican colloquium on marriage and the family. As an alum, he embodies the mission and vision of Fuller. His innovative work as pastor at Saddleback and on global issues is inspiring and having an impact on so many."
Mel Robeck, professor of Church History and Ecumenics at Fuller, calls the colloquium “an opening salvo” into a discussion that will continue in the Vatican for at least a year. “Rome has realized over the last few decades that since it is part of this world, it needs to be part of the wider dialogue among faith communities.” Robeck suggests this is a refocusing of the Catholic Church’s commitment to lead their communities and this world. “Francis is calling his bishops and priests back to being pastors. This is about learning from various faith leaders how to make pastoral concerns the number one priority again.”
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