Message of Papal Nuncio to Global South Anglican Conference

Oct 4, 2016 by

Message of the Papal Nuncio in Egypt, His Excellency Archbishop Bruno Musaro, to the participants of the Global South Anglican Conference, 3 October 2016 Cairo

Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord!

On behalf of His Holiness, Pope Francis, and of the Holy See, it is my honor and privilege to fraternally greet you as you gather in this important occasion. I assure you of our pledge of prayers as you deliberate together, under divine guidance, themes which have high significance not only for the Anglican Communion but for the entire Christian community as well.

First and foremost, I wish to extend my deepest appreciation to His Grace, the Most Reverend Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis, Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and Chairman of Global South Anglicans for having invited me to grace this momentous event. I wish to extend as well my deepest greetings and warmest welcome to the participants coming from afar – from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Mindful of the importance of this event in the life of your ecclesial community, I fraternally encourage you to be attentive to the movements of the Spirit, being capable of discerning the signs of the times in the light of the Gospel and of constructing a society of mutual respect, dialogue and communion. This vital meeting of yours, very much like our own recent Synod of Bishops, requires the virtue of careful and generous listening.

His Holiness Pope Francis, during the inter-religious dialogue celebrated in the city of Assisi last 20th September, repeatedly exhorted this call to all people of goodwill to be effective promoters of a culture of dialogue and common fraternity. To this end, may I briefly cite to you his encouraging words: “May we carry out our responsibility of building an authentic peace, attentive to the real needs of individuals and peoples, capable of preventing conflicts through a co-operation that triumphs over hate and overcomes barriers through encounter and dialogue. Nothing is lost when we effectively enter into dialogue. Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer.”

My prayer for you as participants in this Global South Anglicans Conference is that through faithful listening to the Lord in prayer and in the Scriptures, and by carefully listening to each other – through common discernment, the bonds of the communion between your communities will be strengthened and deepened.

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