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Deepen faith and communion for building Christian unity, says Pope Francis

Global Christian Forum (Accra, 15-20 April 2024)

Pope Francis encouraged everyone to deepen their faith and revitalize fraternal love in light of the challenges facing the global Christian community during the Fourth World Gathering of the Global Christian Forum, which will take place in Accra, Ghana, from April 15 to 20.

Themed  “That the World May Know,” it explores how to better bear witness to Christ in today’s world with the aim “together, let’s make a difference for God’s glory," according to Vatican News.

There is a special time of prayer, worship, dialogue, and mission.

The Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity's secretary, Archbishop Flavio Pace, read out the Pope's message, calling on Christians "to embody the unity and love of the Triune God in their personal and ecclesial lives so that they bear witness to a world scarred by division and rivalry."

Unity is key "for embracing the vision of the Kingdom of God, which requires an intrinsic bond between ecumenism and Christian mission."

Pope Francis noted the Global Christian Forum's 25-year history, which provides spaces for members of different historical expressions of the Christian faith to grow in mutual respect and fraternity by encountering one another in Christ.

“To all of you, I invoke the blessings of Almighty God and pray that the gathering will advance the visible unity among all Christians,” he said.

Archbishop Pace then praised the "rich tapestry of Christianity, including Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Independent churches, and ecumenical organizations" represented at the meeting.

He emphasized how Christian witness together reveals "the reconciling power of the Gospel that transcends human differences... rooted in brotherly love, mutual respect, and shared purpose."

He said the meeting in Ghana is also "animated by the spirit of synodality... by praying and working together, we can pool our resources, talents, and insights to address common challenges and advance the Gospel collectively."-(MTV) With input from the Vatican News


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