Pope pleased with ecumenical efforts of pontificate
Pope John Paul II has indicated his satisfaction with the ecumenical efforts undertaken during his pontificate, but asked the faithful to pray that remaining obstacles to Christian unity can be overcome.
The Pope sent a message to the participants in a plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, which is meeting in Rome this week.
In his message, the Holy Father said that many past offences against unity still have a cumulative effect. He stressed the importance of humility as a necessary precondition for overcoming the obstacles to unity, and renewed his plea for mutual reconciliation among all Christian groups.
At the same time, the Pope remarked that the ecumenical progress of the past 25 years has been substantial. While differences certainly remain, he said, respectful ecumenical discussions have enabled Christians to see those differences clearly, and sometimes to find ways to overcome them.
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6 Nov 2003