Steve Long, a Catch the Fire pastor, attended Bishop Tony Palmer’s funeral in Bath earlier this month and has this report on his Facebook page:
Wonderful celebration of Tony Palmer’s life yesterday in Bath, UK. Bruno Ierullo and I were invited to sit with the bishops and arch-bishops. Most of them knew us or had been to the revival meetings. Fr. David, the priest who led the meeting is a wonderful Holy Spirit pastor who has also visited our Toronto church.
Couple interesting things. Fr. David told the crowd that Pope Francis has been calling Emi every day to pray with her. Also the Pope gave permission for Fr David to serve other faith leaders communion, however the local bishop refused. So he blessed us instead!
That is very kind and attentive of the Pope to call the widowed Emiliana Palmer every day to pray with her. However, did he say all faith leaders could receive communion?
Okay, my canon law inclined readers, can the Pope give a dispensation to non-Catholics to receive communion without their being Catholics?
Emi will be releasing the Pope’s message at a later time. Heading home now!