Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 4, 2022 / 13:12 pm
Pope Francis on Friday called for the restoration of Christian unity with the Holy Spirit’s guidance during his trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“Sadly, by our divisions, we have wounded the Lord’s holy body; yet the Holy Spirit, who joins all the members together, is greater than our divisions according to the flesh,” the pontiff said during his trip to the Muslim island nation in the Persian Gulf.
“Consequently, it is right to say that what unites us far exceeds what divides us and that, the more we journey according to the Spirit, the more we will be led to desire and, with the help of God, restore full unity among us.”
The 85-year-old pontiff made his comments while reflecting on Pentecost during an ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia amid his Nov. 3–6 apostolic journey to Bahrain. In attendance was the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, along with several Christian leaders from the region.