Ecumenical Initiative by Pope Francis; Implications for Interchurch Families

Pages 1 & 3…………..Pope Francis Meets Ecumenical and Interfaith Leaders

Pope Francis Meets Ecumenical and Interfaith leaders

L’Osservatore Romano, on March 20, 2013, reported that “during a meeting that day Pope Francis had emphasized the importance of the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions. Pope Francis met with ecumenical and interfaith leaders who had attended his inauguration Mass.” From the beginning, Pope Francis initiated interchurch and interfaith, cross cultural dialogues. It should be noted that this meeting was preceded by private encounters with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and the Metropolitan Hilarion, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Patriarchate of Moscow.

Implications for Interchurch Families: Dialogue across historic barriers is very important because it can lead to cooperation and toward finding solutions to problems for which the solutions have previously seemed impossible to resolve in mutually acceptable ways. This kind of interchurch or interfaith dialogue, especially one that is based on a mutual respect, provides a sense of hope for Interchurch Families for how we may encounter far more supportive communities in the future.

As interchurch families, we live a unity in our daily lives that may elude others. The gift of being in an interchurch marriage/family may not yet be adequately recognized as the gift it is and could be for our own parishes. Yet this is the unity for which Christ prayed. “Listening with the ear of our heart” is a rule that we live by naturally in interchurch familiy homes. ~ M.J. Glauber

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