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Interview with Bishop Barry C. Knestout
Published on 01-06-2018

The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Appears for the First Time on The 700 Club

Interview Focuses On Need For Christian Unity In Order To Transform Secularized Culture

RICHMOND, VA (May 31, 2018) -- Today, following the inspiration of sacred scripture and the encouragement of many Christian leaders around the world, The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), in collaboration with the North American leaders of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (Catholic Fraternity) welcomed the Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, as a guest on CBN’s flagship program The 700 Club.
Pat Robertson, the founder of CBN, interviewed Bishop Knestout regarding the Catholic Church’s efforts to create missionary disciples, an effort being encouraged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and lay leaders across the United States. In addition to the national television interview, Bishop Knestout also spoke with CBN producers for a Facebook Live interactive segment, and was also interviewed by Gordon Robertson, CEO of CBN.

The goal of the discussion is to proceed beyond theological dialogue to partnerships between Christians that will transform culture. The Catholic Fraternity’s North American Liaison, Deacon Darrell Wentworth, and CBN’s Chaplain, Rev. Joel Palser, both members of the ecumenical international Charismatic Leaders Fellowship (CLF), are committed to developing partnerships between Christian leaders, both clergy and laity, that will inspire the creation of intentional communities of missionary disciples to transform culture.

Focusing on the primary mission of the church to evangelize, these collaborative relationships being fostered will show the world that Christians can work together, pray together, and minister together to transform cities, regions, counties, states and countries according to biblical principles.

“We must always keep the conversation going, even at the highest levels in an effort to not only understand one another better, but to work together toward spreading the teachings and merciful presence of Christ - especially to those at a distance or as Pope Francis says ‘those on the periphery’,” said Bishop Knestout. “We recognize the Holy Spirit is moving to create an atmosphere of unity among Christians. Through this unity, we develop a level of trust and admiration that can transform lives through our shared gifts.”

“Christians of every tradition recognize the decline that is occurring in the culture both around the world and here in the United States,” said Gordon Robertson. “Even though Christians have differing interpretations of principles within our different faiths, we also recognize that we agree on much more than on what we disagree on, and we must be seen standing together, working together and evangelizing together to promote unity.”

The interview with Bishop Knestout can be seen on The 700 Club, Thursday, May 31st (check local listings).

ABOUT CBN
Founded in 1960 by Pat Robertson, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is a global multimedia organization focusing on evangelism and humanitarian aid. Producing television programming that is distributed via cable, broadcast, satellite and the Internet, CBN is one of the largest Christian ministries in the world, viewed in 117 nations and heard in 47 languages. CBN’s television outreach includes The 700 Club, one of the longest running television series in America, as well as CBN News, an international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming 24 hours a day by cable, satellite and the Internet.

ABOUT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RICHMOND
Established in 1820, the Diocese of Richmond comprises more than 220,000 registered Catholics and covers more than 33,000 square miles and 74 counties in Virginia, including the southern portion of the state stretching from the Eastern Shore to Southwest Virginia and as far north as Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley. Appointed by Pope Francis Dec. 5, 2017, Bishop Barry C. Knestout was installed as Richmond’s 13th Bishop on Jan. 12, 2018. He is a native of Maryland and earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland; a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts degree from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1989 and an auxiliary bishop in 2008 where he served the Church before he was appointed Bishop of Richmond.

ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FRATERNITY OF CHARISMATIC COVENANT COMMUNITIES AND FELLOWSHIPS
The Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (CF) is a Pontifical Association of Christ’s Faithful, serving member Communities arising from the Catholic Church in the current of grace of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal - present in over 220 countries worldwide. Its headquarters is in the Vatican in the offices shared with the Pontifical Council for Laity, Family and Life. Its North American Headquarters is in Augusta, GA
at Alleluia Covenant Community. The Catholic Fraternity fosters committed relationships among clergy and laity that lead to spiritual maturity and promote Christian Unity.

Points of Contact:
Catholic Diocese of Richmond: Deborah Cox, Communications Director | Catholic Diocese of Richmond, 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 971-7412 (mobile)

Christian Broadcasting Network: Chris Roslan, Roslan & Campion Public Relations / (212) 966-600 / chris@rc-pr.com

Catholic Fraternity North American Region: Rev. Mr. Darrell Wentworth, Liaison, Catholic Fraternity North America, PO Box 6805, Augusta, GA 30916, (757) 287-9881 (mobile)