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Mission impossible?

Evangelicals have known for centuries that Rome is a ‘mission field’.

Evangelicals and catholics Leonardo de Chirico
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The Bramante Staircase inside the Vatican Museum| photo: iStock

It is no coincidence that as soon as the breach of Porta Pia opened in 1870 (when Rome was liberated from Papal power and the Pontifical State ended), Bibles and Christian tracts were immediately smuggled in to further the evangelisation of the city. Rome was a mission field because it prevented the free circulation of God’s word in the vernacular language and suppressed any attempts to bring about a Biblical reformation.