Bishop Tony Palmer, who urged Catholics and Charismatics to unite, dies in motorcycle crash

Bishop Tony Palmer

The last time we heard from Charismatic Bishop Tony Palmer, he was coordinating a meeting between Pope Francis and Palmer's guru Kenneth Copeland (video below). Today Palmer was killed in a motorcycle crash.

The announcement was posted on Palmer's page:

Dear Friends and Companions,

It is with deepest sadness that I inform you that +Tony Palmer went to be with Jesus yesterday evening. +Tony died from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident yesterday morning and although surgeons tried to save him for 10 hours, they were unable to do so. We humbly ask that +Tony’s family be given space to grieve at this incredibly difficult time but we encourage you to leave your condolences on this page for them to read as a source of encouragement and strength. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.

In January, Palmer visited with Pope Francis at the Vatican andused his iPhone to record an impromptu greeting from the Pope to an American Pentecostal conference of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Palmer told the crowd that Charismatics and Catholics MUST spiritually unite, and shared that he and his wife had already done that. It is a fascinating story he shares, giving one pause to how this man could have melded two different faiths in such a proactive and public way.

“The Catholic and Charismatic Renewal is the hope of the Church,” exclaims Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer, before a group of cheering followers at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.   Palmer said those words are from the Vatican. Before playing the video message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland, Palmer told the crowd,  “When my wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said that she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. So she did.”

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