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Loving each other in diversity: Archbishop speaks to Vatican Radio

Archbishop Justin meets Pope Francis in Rome, 14 June 2013.

Friday 1st November 2013

The Archbishop spoke to Vatican Radio about his belief that, despite our increasingly diverse world, the 'longing for the union of Christ’s church' is 'deepening and growing'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said Christians may need to “reimagine” what it means to look like the church. 
 
Christians may need to “surrender some of the things that give us our sense of identity” for the cause of Christ, Archbishop Justin Welby said during an interview with Vatican Radio at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea. 
 
Speaking about the challenges and sacrifices of unity, Archbishop Justin said churches need to be sure they are working on the important doctrinal and dogmatic differences between them, but still hold that “no sacrifice is too great to be obedient to the call of Christ that we may be one.” 
 
The Archbishop, who spoke on the theme of unity in his address to the WCC [link to video/text], said he believed the “longing for the union of Christ’s church” – which he believes is “a gift” of the Holy Spirit – is “deepening and growing”. 
 
He added that although the increasing diversity of our world presents tough obstacles to unity, at the same time “we learn what it is to love one another in diversity” while “holding to the one Lord Jesus Christ as the centre of our lives, the one we follow, the one to whom we are disciples.”
 
Speaking about Pope Francis, the Archbishop said “God has God has given you, and given us all, a great Pope.”
 
The Archbishop, who visited the Vatican in June [link], said he hopes to “produce a few surprises” with Pope Francis in terms of ecumenical relations between the two churches.
 
 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said Christians may need to 'reimagine' what it means to look like the church. 
 
Christians may need to 'surrender some of the things that give us our sense of identity' for the cause of Christ, Archbishop Justin Welby said during an interview with Vatican Radio at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, Republic of Korea. 
 
Speaking about the challenges and sacrifices of unity, Archbishop Justin said churches need to be sure they are working on the important doctrinal and dogmatic differences between them, but still hold that 'no sacrifice is too great to be obedient to the call of Christ that we may be one.' 
 
The Archbishop, who spoke on the theme of unity in his address to the WCC Assembly today, said he believed the 'longing for the union of Christ’s church' – which he believes is 'a gift' of the Holy Spirit – is 'deepening and growing'. 
 
He added that although the increasing diversity of our world presents tough obstacles to unity, at the same time 'we learn what it is to love one another in diversity' while 'holding to the one Lord Jesus Christ as the centre of our lives, the one we follow, the one to whom we are disciples.'
 
Speaking about Pope Francis, the Archbishop said: 'God has God has given you, and given us all, a great Pope.'
 
The Archbishop, who visited the Vatican in June, said he hopes to 'produce a few surprises' with Pope Francis in terms of ecumenical relations between the two churches.

Read or listen to the full interview on the Vatican Radio website 

 


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