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January 17 - Pope Stresses Need For Witness of Spiritual Ecumenism
Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.
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."
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