VATICAN - Pope tells Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia after his Synod address: “Let us pray, then, that our Churches may draw closer in the unity which is the Holy Spirit’s gift, and bear common witness to the hope brought by the Gospel.”
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - “Your Holiness has recalled that the proclamation of the Gospel cannot be separated from the commitment to build a society which conforms to God’s will, respects the blessings of his creation and protects the dignity and innocence of all his children. In Christ we know that reconciliation is possible, justice can prevail, peace can endure! This is the message of hope which we are called to proclaim. This is the promise which the people of Africa long to see fulfilled in our day.” With these words, the Holy Father Benedict XVI addressed the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia, His Holiness Abuna Paulos, after his address to the Synod on October 6. The Holy Father ended, saying: “Let us pray, then, that our Churches may draw closer in the unity which is the Holy Spirit’s gift, and bear common witness to the hope brought by the Gospel. Let us continue to work for the integral development of all Africa’s peoples, strengthening the families which are the bulwark of African society, educating the young who are Africa’s future, and contributing to the building of societies marked by honesty, integrity and solidarity. May our deliberations during these weeks help Christ’s followers throughout the continent to be convincing examples of righteousness, mercy and peace, and a light to guide the path of coming generations.” (SL) (Agenzia Fides 7/10/2009)
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