Pope Francis has called upon all the Protestant and Catholic Christians to live in unity with each other.
In line with details, Pope Francis during his two-day visit to the Central African Republic, followed by his tour to Kenya and Uganda. His visit to the Central African Republican (CAR) gained a lot of attention.
“Christians and Muslims are brothers, and we must say no to vengeance, violence and hatred,” he said. Just a day before, the Pontiff had a stopover at a refugee camp in the Catholic parish of Saint Saviour. While addressing an audience of over 3,700 which consisted mainly Christians, he sermonized forgiveness, “We want peace. There is no peace without forgiveness, without tolerance. Regardless of ethnicity, social status, we are all brothers.”
Pope Francis, during his visit to the Central African Republic, he also met with the Evangelical Christians. While speaking with the leaders of Evangelical churches gathered at FATEB (the Evangelical School of Theology), he laid special emphasis on unity, mutual respect and cooperation among the Catholics and Protestants.
“For all too long, your people have experienced troubles and violence, resulting in great suffering. This makes the proclamation of the Gospel all the more necessary and urgent. God makes no distinctions between those who suffer. I have often called this the ecumenism of blood. All our communities suffer indiscriminately as a result of injustice and the blind hatred unleashed by the devil.”
In the Central African Republic, the Catholics and Protestants in recent past have pretty much a heavy price as a result of the recent conflicts. As a result of these clashes, several priests had lost lives, while at the same time an undecided number of properties belonging to Christians including churches were vandalized and ransacked.