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World needs the Church's witness of unity, Pope teaches


ELISE HARRIS

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
9/25/2013

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ABSTRACTWorld needs the Church's witness of unity, Pope teaches :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition Russell Shaw The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » Vatican World needs the Church's witness of unity, Pope teaches By Elise Harris Pope Francis greets pilgrims druing his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris. Vatican City, Sep 25, 2013 / 06:35 am ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Today during his general audience, Pope Francis drew attention to the rich diversity within the universal Church, saying that such differences are in fact a sign of unity. “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,” the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 25 . “In effect, the Church is one and it is in that same unity, even though it is dispersed throughout the world and there are many diversities.” Pope Francis highlighted his recent trip to Rio de Janeiro for the gathering of youth during World Youth Day as a place where he experienced the paradigm of unity and diversity in the Church. During the global event, the Pope recalled, there were “so many faces, so many languages, so many places of provenance, but just one Church.” “Like a big family, united like brothers in one same faith and hope, in charity and in the sacraments, in the apostolic ministry instituted by Christ.” Pope Francis then challenged the crowds, asking them “Do we live like that or are we closed up in ourselves or in our own group? Do we worry about others, even if they are far? Do we pray for them, especially for persecuted Christians?” The Pope noted that there are times when tension and conflict arise, wounding the Church’s unity – but “it is we that provoke it” through our “chit-chat” and gossip. A Christian, he said, should not speak badly about others, adding that it is good “that he first bites his tongue and then talks.” “That is why we always need to encourage communion in all of the fields of life,” he said, so that we may “grow in the unity that God gives us, and also to promote the ecumenical journey.” The pontiff also emphasized the importance of working within the Church to be models of faith, saying “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,” he said, “to strive, as Saint Paul bids us, to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and to cherish the harmony which the same Spirit creates from the richness of our diversity.” Pope Francis then expressed that this unity is not achieved through our own human efforts, but rather through the “work of the true artist, the Holy Spirit,” saying to those present that we must ask for the gift of unity “through perseverance in prayer.” Tags: Wednesday Audience , Pope Francis Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com Share Email Prin.......