Addressing a delegation from Finland, Pope Francis stressed the importance of ecumenism and faith in a society where God is becoming less present. The delegation was in Rome for an annual visit with the Holy Father on the feast of Saint Henry, the patron saint of Finland.
The Pope began by reflecting on the theme of the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is derived from St. Paul’s question to the community of Corinth: “Is Christ divided?” The theme, he said, comes in a time where some “do not recognize anymore the full and visible unity of the Church as an actionable objective.”
“Currently, even the ecumenical path and the relations between Christians are crossing significant changes, due in the first place to the fact that we find ourselves professing our faith in the context of society and culture where the reference to God is always less present and all that recalls the transcendent dimension of life,” the Holy Father said. “We note it above all, but not only, in Europe.”