(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on a cold Wednesday morning in Rome greeted the thousands of people in the warmth of the Paul the VI hall who had gathered for his General Audience.
The Holy Father, during his Catechesis focused his attention on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which is currently underway. Pope Francis reflected on the theme for the week taken from the first letter of Saint Peter, "Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord”, which he said was chosen by an ecumenical group in Latvia.
The Pope explained that this Week of Prayer invites us to “reflect on, and bear witness to, our unity in Christ as God’s People.”
He went on to say, that all those baptized, reborn to new life in Christ, are brothers and sisters, despite, “our divisions.”
Continuing on the theme of baptism, he said that it meant rediscovering the source of mercy, which is a source of hope for all, and he underlined, “no one is excluded from God's mercy.” Sharing this grace, he added “creates an unbreakable bond between us Christians”, so that, by virtue of Baptism, we can consider ourselves brothers.
Concluding his Catechesis, the Holy Father prayed that during this Week of Prayer, the Lord would help all Christians to grow in that unity “which is greater than what divides us,” adding, “together, may we respond to his call to share with others, especially with the poor and forgotten of our world, the gift of divine mercy which we ourselves have received.”