Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - After praying the midday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis sent greetings to all people who celebrate the Lunar New Year, with these words: "In the Far East and in various parts of the world, millions of men and women are preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 28. My cordial greeting goes out to all their families, with the hope that they might become ever more a school in which is learned respect for others, to communicate with and care for others in a selfless manner. May the joy of love be propagated within families, and from there radiate throughout all of society".
Previously the Pope had also recalled the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on the theme "Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us" (cf. 2 Cor 5:14), which will conclude next Wednesday, January 25, with the ecumenical celebration of Vespers at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. "I invite you to persevere in prayer – he said -, so that the desire of Christ, ‘That they all might be one,” may be accomplished (Jn 17:21)". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 23/01/2017)