I would have no hesitation in meeting Pope Francis, says Moderator
The incoming Moderator, the Very Reverend Dr Charles McMullen, is willing to meet Pope Francis.
The Pope will visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families - the first papal visit since 1979.
Dr McMullen said: "It all depends on what our Church decides, and I don't want to be presumptuous to expect an invitation. Personally speaking, I would have no hesitation in meeting him." The Moderator-elect has been minister of West Church in Bangor since 1999, with a congregation of some 2,700. He was formerly assistant minister at Harmony Hill, Lambeg, and from 1991 the minister of Legacurry near Lisburn.
Born in Omagh in 1960, Dr McMullen was educated at Omagh Academy, then Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with Joint Honours in 1982 in French and German, and also studied at St Anthony's College in Oxford. He completed his Masters in Modern European History in 1987.
Dr McMullen told the Presbyterian Herald his time in Dublin and Oxford made him realise "that there were Christians in the world other than Presbyterians. It had a whole widening influence on me".