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Pope urges prayers to heal divisions in churches

Francis says it is a 'scandal' Christians are so divided

22 January, 12:11
Pope urges prayers to heal divisions in churches (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 22 - The divisions among Christian churches are a "scandal" that must be healed through prayer and humility, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

In his weekly audience at the Vatican, Francis called for "a lot of prayer, humility, and constant conversion," in order to proceed on "the path of unity...of Christians".

He spoke during the ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity annually held in late January and organized by the World Council of Churches.

An estimated 13,000 people attended the pope's audience where Francis said that Christian churches need to understand the common beliefs that unite them in a common community.

"We have the same Holy Spirit who gave us (the) grace...let us rejoice in this".