End the scandal of division among Christians, Pope pleads

“There is no other word for it: the divisions between Christians are a scandal,” Pope Francis told his general audience on January 22.

Breaking from his series of weekly talks on the sacraments to reflect on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Pope reminded his listeners of St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, rebuking them for the divisions within their Christian community. Invoking the name of Christ to foment divisions is intolerable, the Pope said, echoing the thoughts of St. Paul, because “the name of Christ creates communion and unity, not division.”

“Divisions, on the other hand, weaken the credibility and effectiveness of our commitment to evangelization,” the Pope said. He exhorted the faithful to redouble their prayers for the restoration of the unity that Jesus sought for his disciples.

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