Pope Francis addresses evangelical Protestants
November 06, 2014
Stating that Scripture “makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God,” Pope Francis discussed baptism, Christian unity, and the kingdom of God in a November 6 meeting with a delegation of the World Evangelical Alliance.
“From the beginning, there have been divisions among Christians and sadly, even today, conflicts and rivalries exist between our communities,” the Pope said. “This weakens our ability to fulfill the Lord’s commandment to preach the Gospel to all peoples … The effectiveness of the Christian message would no doubt be greater were Christians to overcome their divisions, and together celebrate the sacraments, spread the word of God, and bear witness to charity.”
“I trust that the Holy Spirit, who inspires the Church to persevere in seeking new methods of evangelization, will usher in a new era of relations between Catholics and evangelicals, so that the Lord’s will that the Gospel be brought to the ends of the earth may be more fully realized,” he concluded. “With this prayer, I ask you to pray for me and for my ministry.”
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