Pope Francis has appointed a Protestant pastor as the editor of the new Argentine version of the Vatican's semi-official Catholic newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor, is the former head of the Argentine Biblical Society.
The Argentine Biblical Society is affiliated with United Bible Societies, a group that focuses on translating and promoting the Bible.
The Argentine version of L'Osservatore Romano will be published starting in September. Figueroa told Crux that "the idea was born from the constant dialogue Francis and I have, as friends."
"We want to spread Francis’ universal, pastoral work, in a way that
reaches every Argentine," Figueroa said, including by featuring
non-Catholic content from leaders of other religions.
the pope's hiring of him a "grand gesture."
The two worked on an
interfaith television show together when Pope Francis was an archbishop.
Catholics and Protestants disagree about what is required for
salvation, the authority of the pope, various Marian teachings such as
whether Mary was perpetually a virgin, the Mass, and other major facets
of Christian life.
"I believe that those who want to listen to the pope’s voice,
following his pastoral work, with some additional commentary, will be
enriched by our edition," said Figueroa. "I believe it’ll be good for
the soul of every Argentine, to follow carefully the voice of who today
is the world’s most relevant spiritual leader."
Vaticanist Sandro Magister reported that Pope Francis "wanted him
[Figueroa] to be there on his recent journey to Lund, for the
celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of the Lutheran