Wednesday, September 25, 2013

From Pope Francis


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 25 September 2013 -


Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we confess that the Church is "one". When we consider the rich diversity of languages, cultures and peoples present in the Church throughout the world, we realize that this unity is a God-given gift, grounded in our common Baptism and our sharing in the Church's one faith and sacramental life. Like a great family, we are united to all our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they may be. We might ask ourselves how much we appreciate and express in our daily lives, and particularly in our prayer, this reality of our unity and solidarity in the communion of the Church. The world needs our witness to God's plan for the unity, reconciliation and peace of the whole human family. Let us ask the Lord to enable us, and Christians everywhere, to work to overcome our tensions and divisions, to strive, as Saint Paul bids us, to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (cf. Eph 4:3), and to cherish the harmony which the same Spirit creates from the richness of our diversity.

The Holy Father:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Irlanda, Danimarca, Norvegia, Sud Africa, Uganda, Australia, Nuova Zelanda, India, Cina, Giappone, Sri Lanka, Sud Corea, Vietnam, Canada e Stati Uniti. Rivolgo un saluto particolare alla delegazione dell'Università Sophia di Tokyo, ai nuovi seminaristi del Venerabile Collegio Inglese, ai partecipanti all'Istituto per l'Educazione Teologica Permanente presso il Pontificio Collegio Americano del Nord, e infine ai sacerdoti pellegrini dell'Arcidiocesi di Colombo con il suo Cardinale Arcivescovo. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell'amore di Cristo e della Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!


I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Vietnam, Canada and the United States. My particular greeting goes to the delegation from Sophia University in Tokyo, the new seminarians of the Venerable English College, the participants in the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College, and the priests' pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Colombo accompanied by its Cardinal Archbishop. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for Christ and his Church. God bless you all!

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