Holy Father Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Marking the golden jubilee, His Holiness conveyed that we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion and after fifty years of patient dialogue, he also reminded that “We are no longer strangers but rather through our shared Baptism, members of the household of God.”

As reported by news.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “True dialogue gives us the courage to encounter one another in humility and sincerity as we seek to learn from each other.” Further, His Holiness added, “As Methodists and Catholics together, when we assist those who are alienated or in need, we are responding to the Lord’s summons.”

His Holiness concluded his message by noting that how our faith becomes tangible when it takes the concrete form of love and service to the poor and marginalized and reminded that we cannot grow in holiness without growing in communion.