Updated: November 06, 2014 05:11 PM GMT
Evangelical Christians (Credit: LaPresse)
Divisions among Christians weaken their ability to spread the Gospel, Pope Francis said Thursday during an audience with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).
“From the beginning,” Francis pointed out, “there were divisions among Christians, and even now unfortunately rivalries and conflicts remain between our communities. Such situations weaken our capacity to fulfill the command of the Lord to preach the Gospel to all nations.”
“The efficacy of the Christian announcement would certainly be greater if Christians would overcome their divisions and could celebrate together the Sacraments and together spread the Word of God and witness to charity.”
“I am pleased to learn that, in different countries in the world, Catholics and Evangelicals have established relations of brotherhood and collaboration,” the pope said.
Meanwhile, WEA Secretary General Geoff Tunnicliffe spoke of a “new stage” in relations between Evangelicals and Catholics. The WEA is made up of Pentecostals, Reformed Churches, Baptists and Protestants from 129 countries.
“As we try to obey Christ, let us see this time as a new stage in relations between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics,” said Tunnicliffe.
Source: Vatican Insider