Pope Francis: Ecumenical Movement Is Taking Great Steps Toward Reconciliation, Peace
Vatican City State, May 07, 2015 (ZENIT.org)
In the midst of ongoing conflicts, European Christians must intercede with prayer and work actively together toward peace and dialogue.
Pope Francis said these words this morning in the Vatican when addressing the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE).
Noting how the committee intends to support the ecumenical journey in Europe, "where many of the divisions that still exist between Christians had their beginning," Francis said, “today, thank God, the situation is very different.”
The ecumenical movement, the Pope stated, has enabled the Churches and the Ecclesial Communities in Europe "to take great steps on the way of reconciliation and peace.”"
Initiatives--including the recent European Ecumenical Assemblies and the Charta Oecumenica, written in Strasbourg in 2001--are reasons "for great hope for surmounting the divisions, though in the awareness of the long way ahead towards the full and visible communion among all believers in Christ."
Despite all its difficulties, moving forward in this way, he said, "is already an integral part of the process of reconciliation and of communion that the Lord asks of us and makes us fulfill."
"The closer we are to Christ, the more we will be united among ourselves."
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