· Service and solidarity to cure the world's ills ·
To follow the road of discipleship and service to others, without being attracted by the logic of power: this was the appeal of Pastor Claudio Pasquet at the opening worship on Sunday, 24 August, at the Synod of the Methodist and Waldensian Churches, which will continue until Friday 29 August, in Torre Pellice, Turin. Pastor Pasquet began from Gospel of Mark 10:42-45 - in which the disciples ask that they may occupy seats of honour in his kingdom, Jesus replied, urging them to become “servants of all”. The Pastor emphasized that the Church can only be so by gathering around her Lord, who points to a path which is different and alternative to that of the “'lords'” of the nations who rule over them”.
A message signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, was sent a the Synod expressing the Pope's “fraternal greeting”. The message was read by the moderator of the Waldensian Table, Pastor Eugene Bernardini, assuring the participants of the Pope's “spiritual closeness” and of his prayers asking that the Lord “allow all Christians to advance on the path toward full communion, to witness to the Lord Jesus Christ and to offer the light and the strength of his Gospel to the men and women of our time”.
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