BENEDICT XVI: "HOW CAN THE UNBELIEVING WELCOME THE GOSPEL IF CHRISTIANS ARE DIVIDED?"” “

Then the Pope mentioned those fields in which Christians are called to bear a common witness. "As we walk towards full communion – he said -, we are called to bear a common witness to respond to the ever more complex challenges of our time such as secularisation and indifference, relativism and hedonism, the delicate ethical issues related to the beginning and end of life, the limits of science and technology as well as dialogue with other religious traditions. There are also other realms in which we have to give a common witness: the protection of Creation, the promotion of peace and the common good, the defence of the centrality of the human person, the commitment to fighting the plagues of our time such as poverty, misery, illiteracy, and the unfair distribution of wealth". At the end of his speech, the Pope said: "the commitment to the unity of Christians is not a task entrusted to some people only, nor is it an additional activity in the life of the Church. We are all called to make our contribution by taking steps towards the full communion of all Christ’s disciples, bearing in mind that it is above all a gift from God, something we always have to ask for.

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