Benedict XVI: Renew Interest in Ecumenical Dialogue

(h2Onews 22/11/2010) There is an urgent need to revive interest in ecumenism, Pope Benedict XVI said today when he received participants of the plenary meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. This year, the Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Pope said ecumenism is made up of a living and confident theological dialogue and common and personal prayer. Above all, he said there is an urgent need to revive interest in ecumenism and give a new incisiveness to the dialogues. New challenges are then presented such as “anthropological and ethical understandings, the ecumenical education of new generations and the greater fragmentation of the ecumenical scene.” The Pope added that it is essential to be aware of these changes and identify ways to proceed effectively. The ecumenical journey, he said, must be aware of the signs of the times, convinced that its task is inserted into the full will of God.

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