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21 January 2016 | by Christopher Lamb in Rome

When it comes to Christian Unity, the Pope operates a 'personal ecumenism  Premium

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This is the week that Christians are supposed to put aside their differences and pray, as the Gospel teaches, “that they may all be one.”  The truth, however, is that full, visible unity among Christians looks little more than a pipe dream. During his Wednesday general audience this week Pope Francis stressed that despite divisions Catholics, and Protestants are united by a common baptism.  He wants to build on this foundation but his approach is not to debate the finer points of ecclesiology. He instead operates a sort of “personal ecumenism” of encounter and friendship: a strategy that seeks to go round the structures and walls of division.  One example of this is his planned visit this October to Lund, in Sweden for a gathering of October Cath


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