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Francis Sends Message to Waldensian-Methodist Synod

Says He Is Praying All Christians Will Walk Toward Full Communion

Through his secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the Synod of the Waldensian-Methodist Church.

The synod is meeting through Aug. 28 in Torre Pellice, near Turin, Italy.

The papal message says the Holy Father is praying “the Lord will enable all Christians to walk with sincerity of heart towards full communion.”

Here is the full text of the message:

H.E.R. Monsignor Pier Giorgio Debernardi

Via Vescovado 1

10064 Pinerolo, Turin

His Holiness Pope Francis is happy to send the participants in the Synod of the Waldensian-Methodist Church a cordial and fraternal greeting, as a sign of his spiritual closeness. He assures them of his fervent remembrance in prayer, so that the Lord will enable all Christians to walk with sincerity of heart towards full communion, to witness Jesus Christ and his Gospel, cooperating in the service to humanity, in particular in the defense of the dignity of the human person, in the promotion of justice and peace and in giving common answers to the suffering that afflicts so many people, especially the poor and the weakest.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State of His Holiness

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT] 

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