Emmanuel God with us!

Emmanuel God with us!
" that they all be one" in Christ. Christmas is when we gather together in Christ without prejudice, hatred, anger or anything that divides us.Christmas is manifersting God's love to the unloved, food to the hungry and poor, it's a sucrificial giving of what you have to those who don't have. Emmanuel!
Escritura: Os he llamado amigos. By Bro.Paul Hablisnki
Español: Reina Valera (1909)
Juan 15:15  Ya no os llamaré siervos, porque el siervo no sabe lo que hace su señor: más os he llamado amigos, porque todas las cosas que oí de mi Padre, os he hecho notorias.
Perdi’ un hermano, hace un tiempo ahora. Le extraño mucho a él. Hubo un amigo, tal como hermano. Pues, a veces peleábamos como el gato y el perro (¡No! el perro y el gato ¡ me entiendes?) Claro, pues, veíamos el mundo diferente.  Pero, comoquiera siempre éramos hermanos y amigos. Era un muy buen “kuya”. Además, era un buen amigo.¡ Qué bueno es tener un amigo! Un amigo de veras. Todos necesitamos amigos.
Que maravilloso es saber que el mejor amigo que uno puede tener es Jesucristo, el hijo unigénito de Dios. Él ofrece su amistad a todos que vienen a Él . Nos dijo en Juan 6, “él que viene a mí, no le echo fuera.” 
Recordamos que él es el único camino a Diyos Padre, como dijo él en Juan 14:06, “Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida: nadie viene al padre sino por mí.”  Además, nunca podemos olvidar lo que el apóstalo Pedro dijo a toda la gente cuando predicaba en el libro de los hechos de los apóstoles, que, “Y en ningún otro hay salvación; porque no hay otro nombre bajo el cielo, dado a los hombres, en que podamos ser salvos.” Hechos 4:12
 Recuérdanos siempre este, también: “nadie tiene mejor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos.”  Juan 15:13
Bueno, Él si’ puso su vida, y derramó su sangre preciosa para cubrir nuestros pecados, y salvar nuestras almas, cuando murió en la cruz tan cruel del Calvario. El Padre aceptó su sacrificio y nos lo ensenó a todos  por levantarle a él de entre los muertos. Ya él vive para siempre – para los siglos de los siglos – y ya invita él a todos: “Venid a mí todos los que estáis trabajados y cargados, y yo os hare descansar. Mateo 11:28 Durante más que dos mil años él ha estado aceptando cada uno que le pide sinceramente, perdón de pecados y una vida nueva – una vida nueva en Él!. 
Los teológicos han tenido sus discusiones (así ‘cómo mi hermano y yo, a veces) de muchos puntos y asuntos tocante a cosas religiosas.  Pero, casi  todos han sido muy de acuerdo en esto: el pobre pecador necesita un salvador, por la razón de qué no podemos salvarnos a nuestras propias almas. Las Noticias Buenas hay que sí, hay un Salvador. Un Salvador que te invita ser uno de los suyos. No lo merecemos por nada que podamos hacer (Tito 3:Pero cuando se manifestó la bondad de Dios nuestro Salvador, y su amor para con los hombres,
nos salvó, no por obras de justicia que nosotros hubiéramos hecho, sino por su misericordia, por el lavamiento de la regeneración y por la renovación en el Espíritu Santo,
el cual derramó en nosotros abundantemente por Jesucristo nuestro Salvador,
para que justificados por su gracia, viniésemos a ser herederos conforme a la esperanza de la vida eterna.) .
  Es por su gracia nos salva y acepta a su grey.  ¡Ay! ¡Que misericordia tan abundante! ¡Y que gracia inefable!
Efesos 2: 8 Porque por gracia sois salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de vosotros, pues es don de Dios; no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe.
 “Por la gracia sois salvos, por media de la fe”, Hermanos míos; no por nuestras obras. ¡Pues, por la pura gracia!
¡Que amigo es él! Simplemente no hay mejor amigo. Los líderes religiosos le acusaran a Jesucristo ser amigo de pecadores.
Pues, tan bueno para nosotros que así es Él.
Si no le conoces a él, como señor y salvador, vete a él sin tardar un momento más. Confiese a Él sus pecados (no a un hombre), Pide a Él perdón, y reavivamiento de su vida.
Si podamos ayudarte en esto, contáctanos sin tardar.
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Office and Mailing Address:
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Training Center and Mission House
No. 234, Purok 3, Brgy.Masoc,
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3700 PHILIPPINES
Telephone number (078) 326-5881
Él ha dado su promesa de perdonarte de sus pecados, y ayudarte, ahora, y por la eternidad. Luego vas a entender… como dice el himno antiguo, tan precioso,   
          

                 "¡O Qué Amigo ¡Nos es Cristo!”

What a Friend, (English) by Bro.Paul Hablinski
Scripture
John 15:15
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
English:
I lost a brother some time ago. I miss him so much. He was a friend, as much as a brother. Now, sometimes we fought like cats and dogs (No! That would be dogs and cats! I trust you understand.) Yes, we saw the world quite differently. Nonetheless, we were always brothers and friends. He was a good “kuya”, and a good friend. It is so good to have a friend - a really good friend. Everyone really needs friends.
How wonderful it is to know that the best friend that anyone can have is Our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. How great it is to know that He offers His friendship to all who come to Him. He told us in John chapter 6, “He that comes to me I will not cast out.”  Let us always remember, Brethren, that He is the only way to God the Father, as he told us in John 14:06, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” 
Moreover, let us never forget what the Apostle Peter told all the people gathered to hear him in Acts Chapter 4
12  ” Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Also, let us never forget that as Our Lord told us: “ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. John 15:13
Well, He DID lay down his life for His friends, and shed His precious blood on the cruel cross of Calvary, to cover our sins and save our wretched souls.
The Heavenly Father accepted his sacrifice, and showed us all that wonderful news by raising him from the dead! Now He is alive forevermore, and offers this invitation to all:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
For over two thousand years, He has been accepting every single one who asks Him sincerely for forgiveness of sins and a new life - life anew in Him.
Theologians have had many arguments about many points concerning religious matters, but almost all have been in full accord concerning this: the poor wretched sinner needs a savior … because we cannot save ourselves from the just penalty for our own sins.
The Good News is that, yes, there IS a Savior who invites you to be one of His. We don’t deserve it, for anything that we can do, or might have done. (But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
(5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done,  but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7)
Yes, Brethren, it is by His Grace that He saves us and accepts us into His flock. Oh! What abundant mercy, and what unspeakable Grace!
 Ephesians 2: 8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
By grace, we are saved, by means of faith, my Brethren. By the pure, unmerited grace of God, in Christ. What a friend is He! There is simply no better friend. The religious leaders of His day accused Our Lord Jesus of being a friend of sinners. Well, how great for us that He is!
If you don’t know Him, as personal Lord and Savior, go to Him now, while you still have time – don’t wait a single moment longer. Confess to Him (not to any man) your sins, ask for forgiveness, and the new life He offers. If we can be of help to you in these things, by all means, contact us today.
  For ACPT concerns and the Bishop:
Office and Mailing Address:
St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Parish
Training Center and Mission House
No. 234, Purok 3, Brgy.Masoc,
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
3700 PHILIPPINES
Telephone number (078) 326-5881
He has given His promise to forgive your sins, give you a new life in Him, and to help and guide you now and for all eternity. You will come to understand, as the precious old hymn tells us,
              “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”!

Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican

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A general view shows Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, where the new comprehensive guide to the training of Catholic clergy stresses sexual abstinence and bans gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders
A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders.
"The Church, while deeply respecting the people concerned, cannot admit to a seminary or into holy orders those who practise homosexuality, show deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support what is called gay culture," said the document.
The new comprehensive guide to the training of Catholic clergy, which runs to about 100 pages, was approved by Pope Francis and published by the Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official journal.
It updates a previous version dating back 30 years. But the barring of people who present homosexual tendencies was already stipulated by the Catholic Church in 2005.
The new decree does however allow an exemption for "homosexual tendencies which may only be the expression of a transitory problem, such as for example that of adolescence which is not yet complete".
The document also says it would be "seriously imprudent to admit (to holy orders) a seminarian who had not reached a mature, settled and free emotional state, chaste and faithful in celibacy," while saying that future priests also need to understand "the feminine reality".
The document broaches several other issues including the digital revolution.
"One must be prudent in the face of inevitable risks of frequenting the digital world, including different forms of dependency which can be treated with adequate spiritual and psychological means," it notes.
At the same time it recommends that "social media form part of daily seminary life," because they offer "new possibilities of interpersonal relations (and) to meet other people," added the document by the Vatican, which has come to use social media widely.

No women ordination into the Priesthood.

Pope says he believes ban on female priests is forever
By Philip Pullella



Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome
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Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome, Italy November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool
By Philip Pullella
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.
He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, in the freewheeling news conference with reporters that has become a tradition of his return flights from trips abroad.
A Swedish female reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades.
"St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands," Francis said.
Francis was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that closed the door on a female priesthood. The Vatican says this teaching is an infallible part of Catholic tradition.
The reporter then pressed the pope, asking: "But forever, forever? Never, never?
Francis responded: "If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction."
Francis has previously said that the door to women's ordination is closed, but proponents of a female priesthood are hoping that a future pope might overturn the decision, particularly because of the shortage of priests around the world.
The Catholic Church teaches that women cannot be ordained priests because Jesus willingly chose only men as his apostles. Those calling for women priests say he was only following the norms of his time.
In August, Francis set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, raising hopes among equality campaigners that women could one day have a greater say in the 1.2 billion-member Church.
Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers and must be men. They cannot celebrate Mass, the Catholic Church's central rite, but they are allowed to preach and teach in the name of the Church, and to baptise and conduct wake and funeral services.
The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.
Scholars debate the precise role of women deacons in the early Church. Some say they were ordained to minister only to other women, for instance in baptismal immersion rites. Others believe they were on a par with male deacons.
(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Should also No Homosexuals into the Holy Orders!

Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops “sent out” for united mission

Posted on: October 5, 2016 5:29 PM
Archbishop Justin Welby and Pope Francis commission and send out 19-pairs of bishops for joint mission
Photo Credit: Vatican Television
[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world to take part in united mission in their local areas. The bishops, selected by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (Iarccum) were “sent out” for mission together by the Pope and Archbishop from the same church were Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelise the English in the sixth Century.
“Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to preach the joyful message of the Word of God,” Pope Francis told the bishops. “Today we send you, dear brothers, servants of God, with this same joyful message of his everlasting kingdom.”

Archbishop Justin Welby told them: “Our Saviour commissioned his disciples saying, ‘Peace be with you’. We too, send you out with his peace, a peace only he can give.
“May his peace bring freedom to those who are captive and oppressed, and may his peace bind into greater unity the people he has chosen as his own.”
The commissioning and sending out came in the setting of a Vespers service, led jointly by Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby, at the Church of Saint Gregory on the Caelian Hill in Rome.
The service was one of the highlights of an ecumenical summit organised by Iarccum to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey in 1966 – the first such public meeting between a Pope and an Archbishop of Canterbury since the Reformation. The summit, which began at the weekend in Canterbury and is continuing in the Vatican, will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
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Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby greet pairs of bishops after they were commissioned and sent out for joint mission.
Photo: Vatican Television
The Commissioned pairs of bishops are:
Australia
Anglican: Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes
Catholic: Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn, Christopher Prowse
Belgium
Anglican: Bishop in Europe, Robert Innes
Catholic: Bishop of Antwerp, Johan Bonny
Brazil
Anglican: Bishop of São Paulo, Flavio Irala
Catholic: Bishop of Barra do–Pirai–Volta, Francisco Biasin
Canada
Anglican: Bishop of Quebec, Dennis Drainville
Catholic: Bishop of Victoria, Gary Gordon
Central Africa
Anglican: Bishop of Northern Malawi, Fanuel Magangani
Catholic: Bishop of Dedza, Malawi, Emmanuel Kanyama
England
Anglican: Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton
Catholic: Bishop of Plymouth, Mark O’Toole
France
Anglican: Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid
Catholic: Bishop of Toulouse, Robert Le Gall
Ghana / West Africa
Anglican: Bishop of Cape Coast, Victor Atta-Baffoe
Catholic: Bishop of Damongo, Peter Paul Angkyier
Hong Kong / China
Anglican: Bishop of Western Kowloon, Andrew Chan
Catholic: Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, Michael Yeung
India
Anglican: Bishop of Malabar, Royce Victor
Catholic: Archbishop of Vasai, Felix Machado
Ireland
Anglican: Bishop of Limerick, Kenneth Kearon
Catholic: Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy
Middle East / Horn of Africa
Anglican: Bishop of the Horn of Africa in the Diocese of Egypt, Grant Le Marquand
Catholic: Archbishop of Beirut, Paul el-Sayah
Melanesia
Anglican: Bishop of Guadalcanal, Nathan Tome
Catholic: Bishop of Port-Vila, Jean Baremes
New Zealand
Anglican: Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay
Catholic: Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew
Pakistan
Anglican: Bishop of Sialkot, Samuel Alwin
Catholic: Archbishop of Lahore, Sebastian Shaw
Papua New Guinea
Anglican: Bishop of Port Moresby, Denny Guka
Catholic: Bishop of Kimbe, William Fey
South Africa
Anglican: Bishop of Natal, Nkosinathi Ndwandwe
Catholic: Bishop of Dundee, Graham Rose
Sri Lanka
Anglican: Bishop of Colombo, Dhiloraj Canagasabey
Catholic: Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, Emmanuel Fernando
USA
Anglican: Bishop of Tennessee, John Bauerschmidt
Catholic: Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Dennis Madden

Preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of Peace. (Ephesians 4:2-4)


Common Declaration by Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Statement issued as 19 pairs of Anglican, Roman Catholic bishops sent out on mission

October 5, 2016 

Pope Francis, right, smiles with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the end of Vespers at the monastery church of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome, Italy, Oct. 5. Photo: REUTERS/Tony Gentile
[Anglican Communion News Service] Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have said that they are “undeterred” by the “serious obstacles” to full unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
In a Common Declaration, issued in Rome Oct. 5, the two say that the differences “cannot prevent us from recognizing one another as brothers and sisters in Christ by reason of our common baptism. Nor should they ever hold us back from discovering and rejoicing in the deep Christian faith and holiness we find within each other’s traditions.”
The Common Declaration was made at a service of Vespers in the Church of Saint Gregory on the Caelian Hill in Rome, from where, in 595AD, Pope Gregory sent Augustine to evangelise the Anglo-Saxon people. Augustine became the first archbishop of Canterbury in 597.
During the service, 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world werecommissioned by the pope and the archbishop before being “sent out” in mission together. Among the 19 pairings are Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee John Bauerschmidt and Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore Dennis Madden.
Pope Francis told them: “Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to preach the joyful message of the Word of God. Today we send you, dear brothers, servants of God, with this same joyful message of his everlasting kingdom.”
And Welby said: “Our Savior commissioned his disciples saying, ‘Peace be with you’. We too, send you out with his peace, a peace only he can give. May his peace bring freedom to those who are captive and oppressed, and may his peace bind into greater unity the people he has chosen as his own.”

Common Declaration
of HIS HOLINESS Pope Francis
and HIS GRACE Justin Welby ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
Fifty years ago our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey met in this city hallowed by the ministry and blood of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Subsequently, Pope John Paul II with Archbishop Robert Runcie, and later with Archbishop George Carey, and Pope Benedict XVI with Archbishop Rowan Williams, prayed together here in this Church of Saint Gregory on the Caelian Hill from where Pope Gregory sent Augustine to evangelise the Anglo-Saxon people. On pilgrimage to the tombs of these apostles and holy forebears, Catholics and Anglicans recognize that we are heirs of the treasure of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the call to share that treasure with the whole world. We have received the Good News of Jesus Christ through the holy lives of men and women who preached the Gospel in word and deed and we have been commissioned, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be Christ’s witnesses “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1: 8). We are united in the conviction that “the ends of the earth” today, is not only a geographical term, but a summons to take the saving message of the Gospel particularly to those on the margins and the peripheries of our societies.
In their historic meeting in 1966, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Ramsey established the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission to pursue a serious theological dialogue which, “founded on the Gospels and on the ancient common traditions, may lead to that unity in truth, for which Christ prayed”. Fifty years later we give thanks for the achievements of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, which has examined historically divisive doctrines from a fresh perspective of mutual respect and charity. Today we give thanks in particular for the documents of ARCIC II which will be appraised by us, and we await the findings of ARCIC III as it navigates new contexts and new challenges to our unity.
Fifty years ago our predecessors recognized the “serious obstacles” that stood in the way of a restoration of complete faith and sacramental life between us. Nevertheless, they set out undeterred, not knowing what steps could be taken along the way, but in fidelity to the Lord’s prayer that his disciples be one. Much progress has been made concerning many areas that have kept us apart. Yet new circumstances have presented new disagreements among us, particularly regarding the ordination of women and more recent questions regarding human sexuality. Behind these differences lies a perennial question about how authority is exercised in the Christian community. These are today some of the concerns that constitute serious obstacles to our full unity. While, like our predecessors, we ourselves do not yet see solutions to the obstacles before us, we are undeterred. In our trust and joy in the Holy Spirit we are confident that dialogue and engagement with one another will deepen our understanding and help us to discern the mind of Christ for his Church. We trust in God’s grace and providence, knowing that the Holy Spirit will open new doors and lead us into all truth (cf. John 16: 13).
These differences we have named cannot prevent us from recognizing one another as brothers and sisters in Christ by reason of our common baptism. Nor should they ever hold us back from discovering and rejoicing in the deep Christian faith and holiness we find within each other’s traditions. These differences must not lead to a lessening of our ecumenical endeavours. Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper that all might be one (cf. John 17: 20-23) is as imperative for his disciples today as it was at that moment of his impending passion, death and resurrection, and consequent birth of his Church. Nor should our differences come in the way of our common prayer: not only can we pray together, we must pray together, giving voice to our shared faith and joy in the Gospel of Christ, the ancient Creeds, and the power of God’s love, made present in the Holy Spirit, to overcome all sin and division. And so, with our predecessors, we urge our clergy and faithful not to neglect or undervalue that certain yet imperfect communion that we already share.
Wider and deeper than our differences are the faith that we share and our common joy in the Gospel. Christ prayed that his disciples may all be one, “so that the world might believe” (John 17: 21). The longing for unity that we express in this Common Declaration is closely tied to the desire we share that men and women come to believe that God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to save the world from the evil that oppresses and diminishes the entire creation. Jesus gave his life in love, and rising from the dead overcame even death itself. Christians who have come to this faith, have encountered Jesus and the victory of his love in their own lives, and are impelled to share the joy of this Good News with others. Our ability to come together in praise and prayer to God and witness to the world rests on the confidence that we share a common faith and a substantial measure of agreement in faith.
The world must see us witnessing to this common faith in Jesus by acting together. We can, and must, work together to protect and preserve our common home: living, teaching and acting in ways that favour a speedy end to the environmental destruction that offends the Creator and degrades his creatures, and building individual and collective patterns of behaviour that foster a sustainable and integral development for the good of all. We can, and must, be united in a common cause to uphold and defend the dignity of all people. The human person is demeaned by personal and societal sin. In a culture of indifference, walls of estrangement isolate us from others, their struggles and their suffering, which also many of our brothers and sisters in Christ today endure. In a culture of waste, the lives of the most vulnerable in society are often marginalised and discarded. In a culture of hate we see unspeakable acts of violence, often justified by a distorted understanding of religious belief. Our Christian faith leads us to recognise the inestimable worth of every human life, and to honour it in acts of mercy by bringing education, healthcare, food, clean water and shelter and always seeking to resolve conflict and build peace. As disciples of Christ we hold human persons to be sacred, and as apostles of Christ we must be their advocates.
Fifty years ago Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Ramsey took as their inspiration the words of the apostle: “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3: 13-14). Today, “those things which are behind” –  the painful centuries of separation –have been partially healed by fifty years of friendship. We give thanks for the fifty years of the Anglican Centre in Rome dedicated to being a place of encounter and friendship. We have become partners and companions on our pilgrim journey, facing the same difficulties, and strengthening each other by learning to value the gifts which God has given to the other, and to receive them as our own in humility and gratitude.
We are impatient for progress that we might be fully united in proclaiming, in word and deed, the saving and healing gospel of Christ to all people. For this reason we take great encouragement from the meeting during these days of so many Catholic and Anglican bishops of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) who, on the basis of all that they have in common, which generations of ARCIC scholars have painstakingly unveiled, are eager to go forward in collaborative mission and witness to the “ends of the earth”. Today we rejoice to commission them and send them forth in pairs as the Lord sent out the seventy-two disciples. Let their ecumenical mission to those on the margins of society be a witness to all of us, and let the message go out from this holy place, as the Good News was sent out so many centuries ago, that Catholics and Anglicans will work together to give voice to our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to bring relief to the suffering, to bring peace where there is conflict, to bring dignity where it is denied and trampled upon.
In this Church of Saint Gregory the Great, we earnestly invoke the blessings of the Most Holy Trinity on the continuing work of ARCIC and IARCCUM, and on all those who pray for and contribute to the restoration of unity between us.
Rome, 5 October 2016
HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY                                   HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS



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