Westmont President Gayle Beebe's Visit with Pope Francis. (Larissa White / Noozhawk video)
Earlier this month, Westmont College President Gayle Beebe was one of 15 non-Catholic Christian leaders invited to visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican for an ecumenical conversation. Beebe, the only college president in the group, joined politicians, business people, theologians and pastors to discuss finding common ground between Protestants and Catholics.
“There has always been this potential for misunderstanding between Catholics and Protestants,” Beebe told Noozhawk’s Lara Cooper prior to his visit.
Beebe said the post-reformation church must figure out how to move beyond the fighting that reached an apex 500 years ago “and get back to talking about the life and ministry of Jesus,” which he called a “galvanizing interest” for both groups.
Before meeting with Vatican leaders, the delegation attended the pope’s Convocation of the “Renewal of the Spirit” at Olympic Stadium in Rome.