Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Waldensian Church is Getting Some Exposure

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Although it is only a small Protestant minority, there is a pre-reformation Waldensian church to be found in Italy. This Waldensian church of Italy is considered to be the oldest Protestant tradition in the world, going back to the 12th century. During the 1850Õs, a significant group of Waldensians moved to Colonia, Uruguay, no doubt due to persecution. Today, there are about 65,000 Waldensians in the world, with about 30,000 living in Italy, and another 10 to 15,000 living in Uruguay and Argentina. In Italy, the Waldensian church has organized a joint synod with the 6,000 Member Methodist church of Italy. The Waldensian church recently received some exposure when on February 16th, the Roman Catholic bishop of Italy officially asked forgiveness for the Òsuffering and injuryÓ inflicted on the countryÕs Protestant minority. In a message, the Roman Catholic bishops committed themselves Òto begin in earnest to work for the reconciliation of memories ... in tribute to the freedom of a church too long oppressed.Ó (Gleaned from Christian Observer and REC News Exchange).

A nice gesture of the Roman Catholic bishops, but the Waldensian church should be careful not to get the wool pulled over its eyes!

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