Vatican City, Feb 10, 2020 / 11:34 am
Pope Francis emphasized unity in a message sent Monday to bishops connected to the Focolare Movement, which is celebrating 100 years since the birth of its founder.
"The charism of unity is one of these graces for our time, which is experiencing a momentous change, and calls for a simple and radical spiritual and pastoral reform which brings the Church back to the ever new and current source of the Gospel of Jesus," the pope said in the Feb. 10 message.
The pope referenced John 17:21, in which Christ prays, "so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me."
"Through the charism of unity, fully attuned to the magisterium of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, the Holy Spirit concretely teaches how to live the grace of unity" according to Christ's prayer, he said.