ROME (CNS) — Remembering the common roots of the Christianity they share, Roman Catholics and Anglicans should renew their commitments to praying and working for Christian unity, Pope Benedict XVI said. The pope and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, held an evening prayer service March 10 at Rome’s Church of St. Gregory on the Caelian Hill, the church from which Pope Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury and his fellow monks to evangelize England in 597. The service was part of celebrations marking the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Camaldolese branch of the Benedictine order. Camaldoli monks and nuns live and pray at the Church of St. Gregory and have an active program of ecumenical contacts. “We hope that the sign of our presence here together in front of the holy altar, where Gregory himself celebrated the eucharistic sacrifice, will remain not only as a reminder of our fraternal encounter, but also as a stimulus for all the faithful — both Catholic and Anglican — encouraging them … to renew their commitment to pray constantly and to work for unity, and to live fully in accordance with the ‘ut unum sint’ (that all may be one) that Jesus addressed to the Father,” Pope Benedict said during the evening prayer service. Faith is a gift of God, but it requires a response, the pope said. “It requires the commitment to be reclothed in Christ’s sentiments: tenderness, goodness, humility, meekness, magnanimity, mutual forgiveness and, above all, as a synthesis and a crown, ‘agape’ — the love that God has given us through Jesus, the love that the Holy Spirit has poured into our hearts,” he said.
Posted on March 13, 2012 by sueliz1