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Pope to Christians: We Must Continue Our Commitment to Witnessing Jesus

In Message to Waldensian-Methodist Synod, Francis Reminds as Christ’s disciples, We Can Offer Common Answers to Sufferings that Afflict So Many

Let’s continue our commitment to witnessing Jesus…

Pope Francis’ desire was expressed in a telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf, to the Methodist and Waldensian (Valdese) churches yesterday on occasion of their annual Synod in Italy this week.

In the telegram, the Pontiff expressed his spiritual closeness to the participants and his greetings.

The Holy Father assured them of his prayers, that they “will be able to have a living experience of the Holy Spirit, who animates and gives force to Christian witness.”

The Holy Father prayed to the Lord “for the consolidation of the ecumenical spirit among Christians, as well as for a growing communion between our Churches.”

“We are called,” the Holy Father said, “to continue our commitment in the way of mutual knowledge, understanding and collaboration, to witness Jesus and His Gospel of charity.”

“As Christ’s disciples,” Francis encouraged, “we can offer common answers to the sufferings that afflict so many people, especially the poorest and weakest, thus promoting justice and peace.”

Pope Francis concluded, expressing to their Synod his best wishes and, invoking the Lord’s blessing, he asked them to pray for him.


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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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