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Pope welcomes Methodist ecumenical initiative

April 07, 2016

During an April 7 audience with members of the World Methodist Council, Pope Francis welcomed the group's decision to open an office in Rome.

The office in Rome will be "a sign of our growing closeness, and particularly of our shared desire to overcome all that stands in the way of our full communion," the Pope said. He acknowledged that "we do not as yet think alike in all things," but said practical ecumenical efforts and apostolic cooperation can bring the two bodies close. "When we serve those in need, our communion grows," the Pontiff said. 

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  • Posted by: loumiamo - Apr. 09, 2016 9:44 AM ET USA

    Looks like Francis was cracking wise here but no one noticed. "When we serve those in need..." That's works, right, a dirty word if there ever was one in Protestantism? And he just snuck it by 'em like a curve ball on a fast ball count, "giving them their due season," as it says in Luke 12:42. Attaboy! Way to knock 'em down, Frankie.