Vatican City, 31 May, 2020 / 8:10 am (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis said Sunday that he prays that Christians will be “more deeply united as witnesses of mercy” in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pope made the comment in a video message May 31, broadcast during an online Pentecost Sunday service hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The pope said: “Let us ask the Spirit for the gift of unity, for only if we live as brothers and sisters can we spread the spirit of fraternity. We cannot ask others to be united if we ourselves take different paths. So let us pray for one another; let us each feel responsible for the other.”
The papal message was shown during a virtual service connected to the Thy Kingdom Come movement, which began in 2016 when Welby and the Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, asked every Church of England parish to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for the evangelization of the world. The following year, Christians in more than 85 countries took part.
In his message, Pope Francis said that since Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in Jerusalem, “God’s life dwells among us, bringing us new and previously unknown hope, peace and joy.”