Pope Francis received bishops who support the Focolari Movement on Thursday and stressed the importance of fraternal co-existence for the Church and its members. Noting that the theme chosen by the Focolari Lay Movement for their meeting this year is “reciprocal love among the disciples of Christ” the Pope explained how the message contained within this theme is a powerful evangelizing tool for the Church.
He told the bishops that today’s society has a great need for the witness of an lifestyle which displays the novelty of that commandment to love one another, given to us by Christ. This testimony, The Pope continued, helps give birth to the desire to be involved in the great network of communion which is the Church. When a person realizes that reciprocal love between Christians is possible and is capable of transforming inter-personal relationships, he or she feels drawn to discover or to rediscover Christ.
Pope Francis quoted from the apostolic letter of Blessed John Paul II who wrote about the great challenge of making the church the home and the school of communion. The Pope said living out that challenge is vitally important for the effectiveness of all evangelizing efforts. It also helps us to be more capable of embracing the ecumenical path and that of inter-religious dialogue.
Source: Vatican Radio