Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Positive Meeting Between Pope and Ecumenical Leader

The end game scenario describes all the daughters (churches) coming back to the mother (Rome). Revelation 17:3-5 describes the union of all the churches under one head, followed by the spiritual fall of these institution Rev. 18:1-4. -Advent Messenger Commentary

Positive Meeting Between Pope and Ecumenical Leader
March 10, 2014
Michael Trimmer

Pope Francis and Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, met last Friday to discuss new opportunities for Christian unity.

The Pope described the meeting as marking "an important chapter in the long and fruitful relationship between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches".

Praising the WCC's commitment to unity, the Pope said "Since its creation, the World Council of Churches has offered a great contribution to forming the sensibility of all Christians with regard to the fact that our divisions represent a major obstacle to our witness to the Gospel in the world."

Stressing the centrality of unity to the Christian message and beating back skepticism, the Pope said: "These divisions must not be accepted with resignation, as if they were simply an inevitable component of the historic experience of the Church.

"If Christians ignore the Lord's call to unity, they risk ignoring the Lord Himself and the salvation He offers."

Talking about how more unity might be accomplished, Pope Francis said: "The way to full and visible communion is a path which still proves today to be arduous and uphill. The Spirit, however, urges us not to be afraid, to go ahead with trust, and not to content ourselves with the progress that we have been able to experience in these decades."


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