Church of Scotland delegation meets with Pope
February 16, 2015
“The present state of ecumenical relations in Scotland clearly shows that what we, as Christians, hold in common is greater than all that divides us,” Pope Francis told leaders of the Church of Scotland during a private audience on February 16.
The Pope told the Scottish delegation that he was pleased to see that Catholics and Protestants have worked together cooperatively in Scotland, and “in many cases we are able to speak with one voice on issues which deeply affect the lives of all Christians.” He said this cooperation shows that “the Lord is calling us to seek ever more effective ways to overcome old prejudices and to find new forms of understanding and cooperation.”
“Let us pray for one another, and continue to advance in the way of wisdom, good will, strength, and peace,” the Pope said.
At the conclusion of his audience with the Scottish delegation, Pope Francis spoke about the slaughter of 21 Christians by the Islamic State in Libya. He remarked that martyrs are witnesses for all Christians, regardless of denominational affiliations. “And blood is the same,” he said. “Their blood confesses Christ.”
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