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Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue of Pope Francis


Dec 16, 2021

Pope Francis has had main contacts with those of other Christian faiths, with those of other religious beliefs, and with non-believers.

Pope Francis in South Korea, 2014

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In October 2013, during the above-mentioned interview with Eugenio Scalfari, Francis said: “I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God”.[1] In another interview with La Stampa, Pope Francis emphasized his commitment to ecumenism, stating: “For me, ecumenism is a priority. Today, we have the ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians because they wear a cross or have a Bible, and before killing them they don’t ask if they’re Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholics or Orthodox. The blood is mixed.”[2][3] During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis addressed the attendees of the John 17 Movement gathering opining that “Division is the work of the Father of Lies” and that he “knows that Christians are disciples of Christ: that they are one, that they are brothers! He doesn’t care if they are Evangelicals, or Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic … he doesn’t care! They are Christians. And that blood (of martyrdom) unites. Today, dear brothers and sisters, we are living an ‘ecumenism of blood’. This must encourage us to do what we are doing today: to pray, to dialogue together, to shorten the distance between us, to strengthen our bonds of brotherhood.”[4][5] During the 2016 Octave of Christian Unity, Pope Francis “asked forgiveness for the way Catholics had treated other Christian believers over the years, and also invited Catholics to pardon those who had persecuted them.”[6][7][8] Pope Francis has met with the heads of the Assyrian Church of the East: he met with Mar Dinkha IV and, later, with his successor Gewargis III, emphasizing the need of interfaith dialogue and the importance of Christianity in the Middle East, the traditional homeland of the Assyrian people.[9]

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