Reverend Dr. Chuck Currie at the White House (Photo: Rev. Dr. Currie)
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -
The Pacific Northwest was well-represented during the Pope's visit on Wednesday.
Reverend Doctor Chuck Currie is the University Chaplain at Pacific University in Forest Grove, and he jumped at the chance to attend the arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House.
Rev. Dr. Currie is active in social justice causes and received the invitation from the White House three weeks ago.
Although he has met with President Obama several times in the past for policy discussions, this was the first time he's had the opportunity to see, and hear from a Pope.
Rev. Dr. Currie said this Pope is very special.
"He is a Pope who is welcoming of all people, who is reaching across the aisle, as it were, to build relationships with people of different faith backgrounds, different ideological backgrounds, and I think that's healthy for the Church Universal and good for the world as a whole."
Even though he is a Protestant, Rev. Dr. Currie said he was not surprised to be invited. He said the Pope is making a genuine effort to build an 'interfaith coalition' around important issues.
In addition to Catholics, Rev. Dr. Currie was joined by other Protestants, and several Muslims in the audience.
He said this was definitely the trip of a lifetime for many people who were lucky enough to be there today.
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