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Pope to Baptists

One ChurchI ran across a short speech Pope Benedict XVI gave to the ecumenical council for the Baptist World Alliance on December 6, 2007.  Here’s an excerpt (the last line is deep):

As believers in Christ, we acknowledge him as the one mediator between God and humanity (1 Tim 2:5), our Saviour, our Redeemer. He is the cornerstone (Eph 2:21; 1 Pet 2:4-8); and the head of the body, which is the Church (Col 1:18). In this Advent season, we look to his coming with prayerful expectation. Today, as ever, the world needs our common witness to Christ and to the hope brought by the Gospel. Obedience to the Lord’s will should constantly spur us, then, to strive for that unity so movingly expressed in his priestly prayer: “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe” (Jn 17:21). For the lack of unity between Christians “openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the world, and harms the most holy cause of proclaiming the good news to every creature” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 1).

  1. December 28, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    As a former Baptist, I can tell you for a fact; they won’t listen to the suggestions of their own Convention, much less Pope Benedict XVI!

    But yes, we are called to unity aren’t we. Maybe we’ll get it one day!

  2. December 30, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Samuel Clear, a 28 year old from Australia, is walking an 18 month pilgrimage across the planet inviting people to join him in praying for the unity of all Christians. Naming the pilgrimage, Walk4One, Sam sold everything he owned to personally fund the journey, and left Australia on December 14, 2006. This began his 29,000km, 564 day, worldwide journey, which will include 18,000kms travelled on foot. Sam is currently in Canada, and will soon continue his journey in Russia. To read about Sam’s journey, have a look at http://www.ymt.com.au/walk4one

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