Pope backs closer Christian ties before theologians agree

Pope Francis has said Christians from different denominations should work for closer ties without waiting for theologians to agree on everything.

He told Pentecostal bishops visiting him in Rome that Catholics and Evangelicals should “walk together”.

Focussing on differences amounts to “sinning against God’s will”, the Pope said.

He said Christians should not wait for theologians’ documents before forging closer ties.

“We each have in our Churches excellent theologians. That’s another way to walk together also. But we shouldn’t wait for them to reach agreement! That’s what I think.”

He went on to say that Christians’ shared Baptism was more important than the differences between denominations.

The Pope said Christians should walk together, pray for each other and do works of charity together, while seeking truth.

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