Misinterpretation of the word of God is causing rancor among Christians, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka has noted, and cautioned the people of God in the West African country against using the Scripture to attack people belonging to other denominations.
Jan. 24 marks the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.
Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would be “a sign of hope for many.”
On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is a communion of love.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded Monday with Vespers at the tomb of St. Paul.
Pope Francis Monday remembered Ut unum sint, St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, on the 25th anniversary of its publication.