General André Cox participated in the first ever private audience in the Vatican with The Pope on Friday, December 12, 2014.
During the interview, Pope Francis said theological differences do not impede the witness of a shared love of God and neighbor, that Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, "recognize that those in need have a special place in God’s heart – so much so, that the Lord himself became poor for our sake".
As a result, the Pope said, Catholics and Salvationists often meet at the same peripheries of society.
The Pope also spoke of his first encounter, as a four year old, with Salvation Army officers which, he said, stirred in him a sense of ecumenical outreach beyond the teachings of the Catholic Church in that era.
Pope Frances thanked The Salvation Army for the organization’s work with the poor and the needy, as well as their missionary work of evangelization.
Tags: International, Doing the Most Good