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‘Blood of Martyrs Has Become Seed of Christian Unity,’ Says Pope


DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV

Source:
Zenit.org
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
2/29/2016

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ABSTRACT‘Blood of Martyrs Has Become Seed of Christian Unity,’ Says Pope – ZENIT – English Pope and Holy See Pope’s Morning Homily Angelus/Regina Caeli General Audience Papal Texts Papal Trips Interviews Topics Church & Religion Culture and Society Family and Life Issues Columns Analysis Bioethics Q-and-A Liturgy Q-and-A Sunday Readings Search About Us FAQ Donate Hot Topics marriage middle east abortion Editions English Español Français Deutsch Italiano Português العربية About Us FAQ Donate Hot Topics marriage middle east abortion Search Editions English Español Français Deutsch Italiano Português العربية Pope and Holy See Pope’s Morning Homily Angelus/Regina Caeli General Audience Papal Texts Papal Trips Interviews Topics Church & Religion Culture and Society Family and Life Issues Columns Analysis Bioethics Q-and-A Liturgy Q-and-A Sunday Readings Enter Search Terms ‘Blood of Martyrs Has Become Seed of Christian Unity,’ Says Pope Francis Tells Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Representing 35M ‘What Unites Us Is Greater Than What Divides’ February 29, 2016 Deborah Castellano Lubov Papal Texts WIKIMEDIA COMMONS What unites us is greater than what divides us. Pope Francis stressed this to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Pope Matthias I, when he received him in the Vatican this morning. The Patriarch has been in Rome since Friday and departs today. His visit has included visiting the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the tomb of the Apostle Peter, and celebrating Mass with Rome’s large Ethiopian community in the chapel of the Urbanian College. The Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Ethiopia currently consists of 35 million faithful. Its relations with the Catholic Church are cordial and increasingly close, which is evident especially after the first visit of the then-Patriarch Abuna Paulos to Pope John Paul II in 1993. In his address, the Pope pointed out that the Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Ethiopia and Roman Catholic Church ‘have almost everything in common,” for we share one faith, one Baptism, and one Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “We are brothers and sisters in Christ,” Francis said, adding, “As has often been observed, what unites us is greater than what divides us.” He also reflected on how shared sufferings have enabled Christians, otherwise divided in so many ways, to grow closer to one another. Seed of Unity “Just as in the early Church the shedding of the blood of martyrs became the seed of new Christians, so today the blood of the many martyrs of all the Churches has become the seed of Christian unity,” he said. “The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity,” he said, recalling how their church has been one of martyrs. The Pontiff also a.......