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Christian witness impossible without ecumenism, Pope argues

May 06, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis underlined the priority of ecumenism in a May 6 address to the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, saying that “one cannot cannot think of journeying on the path of faith without the company of brothers and sisters from other Churches of ecclesial communities.”

“Alone, never,” the Pope continued. “We cannot do it.”

In his remarks the Pope suggested that the Covid lockdown had helped to “strengthen and renew relations among Christians,” by reminding people of their fragility.

Pope Francis also spoke about the war in Ukraine, saying that the violence “cannot fail to challenge the conscience of every Christian and every Church.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 07, 2022 11:00 AM ET USA

    I have been reading for the last couple of years prelates referring to the Catholic Church as a "denomination". Huh? When did this happen? From the cited article: "for a Christian, it is not possible or practicable to go alone with one’s own denomination. Either we go together, all the fraternal denominations, or we do not go ahead at all." Several Vatican II documents make it clear that the true religion in its fullness is to be found in the Catholic Church, a Church, not an ecclesial community