“What unites us is much more than what divides us!” Pope Francis said Thursday morning, followed by an applause. The pilgrims were gathered in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. The Catholic Pontiff encouraged the young people “to be witness of mercy…while theologians carry on the dialogue in the doctrinal field”.
He pointed out that they had “come together already an important part of the way”.
“Along the way we experience mixed feelings: grief for the division that still exists between us, but also joy for fraternity already found. By virtue of our baptism, we all form the one Body of Christ.” Francis bid them: “Let us continue with confidence on our ecumenical journey, because we know that, beyond the many open questions that still separate us, we are already united.”
The Pope continued saying: “free from prejudice and trusting only the Gospel of Jesus Christ, announcing peace and reconciliation, you will be the real protagonists of a new season of this journey” for full communion.
Francis received and wore a special yellow and light blue stole made by a Catholic priest and a Lutheran pastor who knotted two scarves, a yellow one and a light blue one. This was to represent the fact that Catholics and Lutherans, though different (different colors), are united. In the audience you could see these scarfs being wore by the pilgrims.
To a question regarding evangelizing, Pope Francis said: “Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism”.
October 31, Pope Francis will be present at another ecumenical gathering in Lund, Sweden, commemorating the reformation anniversary.
The world is wondering after the beast of Revelation 13, as predicted, going on the path of a false unity.