Pope Francis sent greetings to the participants of the Global Christian Forum meeting in Colombia. Fr Juan Usma-Gomez, attending the meeting on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity read the Pope’s message yesterday. The gathering was in its 3rd of a 5 day meeting with the theme “Let mutual love continue” (Hebrews 13:1).
The Pope said that he was uniting himself with the participants. He recognizes the event as a graced opportunity giving the representatives of various Christian communities the possibility of joining together as brothers and sisters to fulfill Jesus’ prayer of unity. Pope Francis said he was praying that the meeting might provide time for the “sharing of experiences and faith,” both personal and ecclesial in an “open and respectful” space. “Humanity greatly needs this solidarity,” he said, “which encourages respect, esteem, mutual pardon, and the real defense of human dignity in every situation.”