…and the Church’s too, while he was at it. To the participants in the 6th Meeting of the 11th Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops (ain’t that a mouthful!) he said:
Among the Ecclesial Community’s many and great duties in today’s world, I emphasize evangelization and ecumenism. They are centred on the Word of God and at the same time are justified and sustained by it. As the Church’s missionary activity with its evangelizing work is inspired and aims at the merciful revelation of the Lord, ecumenical dialogue cannot base itself on words of human wisdom (cf. I Cor 2: 13) or on neat, expedient strategies, but must be animated solely by constant reference to the original Word that God consigned to his Church so that it be read, interpreted and lived in communion with her.
Ecumenism and Evangelisation. That’s my mission!