Pope Francis reaffirms ‘irrevocable’ commitment to ecumenism

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Pope Francis, leader of 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, renewed the ecumenical commitment of the Church during the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical “Ut unum sint.” 

The pontiff said Pope St. John Paul II’s desire when he wrote the encyclical on “Commitment to Ecumenism” is for the Church to be mindful of the teaching “that all may be one.”

In a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Pope Francis said the encyclical confirmed the “irrevocable” commitment of the Church in promoting unity among Christian Churches.

Pope St. John Paul II published the letter 25 years ago during the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, “placing it under the sign of the Holy Spirit, the creator of unity in diversity.”