From Conflict to Communion - Unifying Religious Celebrations among Churches by: Issa Jamil Kassissieh
One of the most important moments I have experienced as Ambassador of Palestine to the Holy See was the historic Lutheran-Catholic common prayer for the commemoration of the Reformation that took place on October 31, 2016, in Lund, Sweden. It exemplifies the path His Holiness Pope Francis is determined to follow and the result he strives to achieve.
The signs of progress toward unity among the Churches were already apparent during the pilgrimage of His Holiness Pope Francis to Palestine in 2014. It included his historical encounter with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, in our occupied capital, Jerusalem. This was a decisive moment as the heads of Eastern and Western Churches met in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the heart of the Holy City. And it lingers in our minds, given that the aspired aim was the unity of the Word and of the Church, as wished by our Lord Jesus Christ.
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