Pope's 'amazing' response to Archbishop's cheeky request

Mon 20 May 2019
By Premier Journalist

The Archbishop of Canterbury says "the most amazing thing happened" when he met the Pope in the Vatican.

The Right Reverend Justin Welby said he "very cheekily" asked Pope Francis to record a video message for Thy Kingdom Come, the international prayer campaign which has won support from a range of Christian denominations.

The Archbishop says the Pope's spontaneous reaction was "utterly inspiring".



In his message, Pope Francis says the Lord's Prayer helps Christians to ask the Holy Spirit to fill their hearts.

"We all have a problem and that is our hearts tend to shrink, become smaller and close.

"We can't solve that problem by ourselves. Only the Holy Spirit can solve it."

Justin Welby used Twitter to ask people to share the Pope's video message, which implicitly endorses Thy Kingdom Come.


Video of the meeting shows the Pope and the Archbishop in animated conversation. Pope Francis gestures with his hands to underline the message that Christians depend on the Holy Spirit to find the strength to face life's challenges.

The Pope concludes his video message, "With my brother Justin Welby, we want to tell you that we walk alongside you in this prayer - Thy Kingdom Come."

Part of Thy Kingdom Come's activities are a global wave of prayer which runs from May 30th to June 9th.


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