Pope Francis, in a response to whether or not ecumenism is a priority for him:
For me, ecumenism is a priority. Today, there’s the ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians because they wear a cross or have a Bible, and before killing them they don’t ask if they’re Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholic or Orthodox. The blood is mixed. For those who kill, we’re Christians. We’re united in blood, even if among ourselves we still haven’t succeeded in taking the necessary steps towards unity and perhaps the moment hasn’t arrived. Unity is a grace that we have to ask for.
“Unity is a grace that we have to ask for.” Wow. Let’s listen to this guy and get on our knees and start praying for unity.
Although visible unity is not a reality, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestants are united by the blood of their martyrs, and most of all, by the blood of Jesus Christ, who gave himself not just for one sect of Christianity but for the whole Church.
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Francis calls anti-Christian violence ‘ecumenism of blood’