Vatican City, Mar 2, 2018 / 14:12 pm
On Friday, the Vatican's point-man on interreligious dialogue said Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Geneva, which will have a largely ecumenical theme, is a prime example of just how important the topic is for the current pontificate.
Speaking to journalists about the trip March 2, Cardinal Kurt Koch said “the pope has a very ecumenical heart. Ecumenism, the unity of Christians, is very much in the Holy Father's heart.”
Noting how ecumenism was also a major priority coming out of the Second Vatican Council, Koch said the trip was “an adequate way” to unite the desire of the Council and that of Pope Francis.
For Francis, ecumenism “is not just an ecumenical dialogue,” but, as the pontiff has often said, it means working together, praying together and collaborating in joint initiatives.
Christians, the cardinal said, must do “everything that we can” to work for this unity.
Cardinal Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, presented the theme, relevant background and expected schedule to journalists following the official March 2 announcement of the trip by the Vatican.
Pope Francis is making the trip, which is set to take place June 21, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
Founded in 1948, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is a global fellowship of churches seeking to foster unity among different Christian confessions throughout the globe. It has some 348 members in 110 countries worldwide.