Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan was interviewed on the CBN News Channel last Friday and said Pope Francis is "very open to the Charismatic Renewal" and that he (Synan) would not even be surprised if the pontiff had the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in his own life.
Synan, who is one of the most trusted authorities on Pentecostal and Charismatic history, met Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio back in 2005 at the International Charismatic Consultation in Buenos Aires.
"I would say he is a born-again Christian, as we Protestants say," Synan told CNN News Channel.
A four-minute video clip of the interview can be seen below.
[UPDATE 3/20/13] Lee Grady wrote today in his column: "Last week in this column I shared a dream in which I saw a tsunami crashing into the Vatican and turning the Catholic system upside down. When the new pope was elected, an Argentinean newspaper called him 'Tsunami Bergoglio' because they expect him to reform the stuffy, prideful, bureaucratic Vatican and challenge Catholics to return to a humble focus on Christ.
"We need the same drastic reforms on our side of the evangelical/Catholic divide. We need Pentecostal and charismatic leaders who shun the palace, reject lavish excess and get back to the basics of true gospel ministry." The entire column, entitled, "No More Pentecostal Popemobiles," can be read here.
[UPDATE 3/21/13] Charisma News is reporting today what evangelist Luis Palau told a prayer breakfast in Ft. Lauderdale:
"Known as the 'evangelical pope,' Francis has invited Palau to lay hands on him in prayer. Palau says, 'Whenever we pray together, he says, Lay your hands on me and pray for me, that God will keep me as servant. He is respectful of all sides of Christianity.'"
[UPDATE 7/9/14] Pope Francis met with James Robison, Kenneth Copeland, and other evangelicals recently according this report in Charisma News.
[UPDATE 7/29/14] According to Charisma News, Pope Francis recently apologized for the Roman Catholic Church's past persecution of Italian Pentecostals, treating them "almost as if they were crazy."
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