Unity is found on the journey
· The Pope's address to Patriarch Kirill ·
After signing the declaration, the Patriarch and the Pope gave two brief addresses. The following is the English text of the Pope's words in Spanish.
We speak as brothers, we have the same Baptism, we are bishops. We speak of our Churches, and we agree that unity is achieved by walking forwards. We speak clearly, without ambiguity, and I must say I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in our conversation. I give thanks for Your Holiness’ humility, your fraternal humility, and your real desire for unity.
We have taken up a series of initiatives which I believe are viable and can be realized. Thus I wish to thank Your Holiness, once again, for your warm welcome, as well as those collaborating with us – and I mention but two: His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Eminence Cardinal Koch, who with their colleagues worked towards this moment.
I do not wish to leave without expressing my sincere gratitude to Cuba, to the great Cuban people and to their President here with us. I thank you for your concrete willingness to help. If Cuba continues in this way, it will become the capital of unity.
And may all this be for the glory of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for the good of the whole faithful People of God, under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God.
St. Peter’s Square
Jan. 16, 2019
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