Nicky Gumbel met the Pope this week as part of the delegation accompanying the Archbishop of Canterbury for his official visit to the Vatican.
The Archbishop praised the work of Alpha in his address to the Pope, saying:
'Your Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium was inspirational for all Christians. The task of making disciples is of compelling urgency so that the light of Christ may shine into every corner of the world. I have personal reasons for gratitude for the work of the Alpha Course of evangelism, so it is significant for me that it has found a place in the Catholic Church, especially in Latin America.'
In February 2004, Nicky and Pippa Gumbel were presented to Pope John Paul II by Father Raniero Cantalamessa and in November of the same year, they met with Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a few months before he was elected Pope.