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Finnish ecumenical delegates meet with Pontiff

January 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 19 with an ecumenical delegation from Finland, and spoke about the need for a common Christian witness in a secularized world.

A shared Christian apostolate, the Pope said, would “hasten our progress toward the resolution of our remaining differences.” While ecumenical work requires “patient and trustful waiting,” he said, that approach should not be an indication of “helplessness or passivity,” but of trust in God and determination to follow His will toward Church unity.

The Finnish delegation was making an annual pilgrimage to Rome: an event that is timed each year for the feast of St. Henry, the country's patron saint.


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