Vatican leader, others call Global Christian Forum vital innovation

Broadest range of Christian traditions ever
A senior Vatican official says the Roman Catholic Church welcomes the start of the Global Christian Forum—a new body intended to bring together the diverse strands of Christianity as never before.

“When Christians are divided, the preaching of the gospel suffers and this is a pain we all have to feel,” said Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in addressing the inaugural November 6-9 meeting of the forum near Nairobi, Kenya.

The 240 leaders from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, evangelical, Pentecostal and other churches agreed in a concluding statement: “Recognizing that unity is first and foremost God’s gift through the work of the Holy Spirit, our commitment is to press on in promoting ever greater understanding and cooperation among Christians, while respecting the diversity of our identities, traditions and individual gifts.”

 

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