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Pope Francis Recognizes Dialogue with Pentecostals is Important

The first three reports of the International Roman Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue of this Dialogue were published in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 12:2 (Fall, 1990), 85-142.

See also William G. Rusch and Jeffrey Gros, Eds. Deepening Communion: International Ecumenical Documents with Roman Catholic Participation(Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1998), 367-422.

The reports from the first four rounds of discussion may be found in Jeffrey Gros, FSC, Harding Meyers, and William G. Rusch, Eds. Growth in Agreement II: Reports and Agreed Statements of Ecumenical Conversations on a World Level, 1982-1998 (Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches / Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000), 713-779.

They may also be found in Wolfgang Vondey, Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010), 101-198.


“Evangelization, Proselytism and Common Witness: The Report from the Fourth Phase of the International Dialogue 1990-1997 between the Roman Catholic Church and Some Classical Pentecostal Churches and Leaders,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 2:1 (January 1999), 105-151

See also the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Information Service No. 97 (1998/I-II), 38-56.

Pneuma: The Journal of The Society for Pentecostal Studies 21:1 (Spring 1999), 11-51.

It has been published in French in the Service d’information No. 97 (1998/I-II), 38-57.

It was published as a Portuguese language booklet under the title Diálogo Católico-Pentecostal: Evangelizaçâo, Proselitismo e Testemunho Comum (Sâo Paulo, Brazil: Paulinas, 1999), 77 pp;

in Spanish in “Evangelización, Proselitismo y Testimonio Común,” Diólogo Ecuménico XXXIV, n. 108 (1999), 103-152,

and in German with all previous reports in Norbert Baumert und Gerhard Bially, Eds. Pfingstler und Katholiken im Dialog: Die vier Abschlussberichte einer internationalen Kommission aus 25 Jahren (Düsseldorf, Germany: Charisma, 1999), 59-95.


“On Becoming A Christian: Insights from Scripture and the Patristic Writings with Some Contemporary Reflections,” The Report from the Fifth Phase of the International Dialogue between Some Classical Pentecostal Churches and Leaders and the Catholic Church (1998-2006)

This document was published in The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Information Service N. 129 (2008/III), 162-215; in French in Service d’information N. 129 (2008/III), 163-219;

The English version is available at:, at the following site:, and at:;

See also, Wolfgang Vondey, Ed. Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Continuing and Building Relationships (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013), 95-216.

It has recently appeared in Thomas F. Best, Lorelei F. Fuchs, SA, John Gibaut, Jeffrey Gros, FSC, and Despina Prassas, Eds, Growth in Agreement IV: International Dialogue Texts and Agreed Statements, 2004-2014 Faith and Order Paper 219 (Geneva, Switzerland: WCC Press, 2017), I: 401-470.


“‘Do Not Quench the Spirit’: Charisms in the Life and Mission of the Church”: Report of the Sixth Phase of the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue (2011-2015).”

See the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Information Service N. 147 (2016/I), 47-62.

The document is available in English at the following site:
and in French at the following website:


Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.
Pentecostal Co-Chairman, International Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue
Wednesday, October 3, 2018


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About the Author: Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary), is Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President for Ecumenical Relations at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God who has served at the seminary since 1974. His work on the Azusa Street revival is well known. His ecumenical work, since 1984, is highly respected around the world by Christian leaders outside the Pentecostal Movement. He continues to serve as a bridge between Pentecostalism and the larger church world, leading international dialogues, participating in ecumenical consultations, and working on and writing about church-dividing issues. He appears regularly on the Town Hall weekly telecast. He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge, 2014) with Amos Yong, The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy (Wipf & Stock, 2009) with Harold D. Hunter, and The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (Paternoster, 2006) with Harold D. Hunter. He is also the author of The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (Thomas Nelson, 2006 and 2017) and Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (Pilgrim, 1992). Faculty page

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