Pope Francis and representatives of a global evangelical network met last week at the Vatican, where they talked about their shared fight against persecution and for religious freedom, acknowledging they must work together despite theological differences.
Bishop Efraim Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, which represents over 600 million believers in 129 nations, talked at the meeting on Thursday with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity about the importance of cooperation.
“We want to see this world to be a place where peace, justice and righteousness reign, where everyone has a decent standard of living, and where Jesus Christ is recognized as Lord of all,” Tendero said, according to the WEA.
Vatican Radio pointed out that the WEA and the Pontifical Council completed seven years of dialogue, where they admitted that “major theological differences” remain, but at the same time they are coming to an understanding that a common agenda is needed.
Tendero said that such cooperation is needed in the wake of so many challenges for Christians around the world, rather than a “focus on what differs and what pulls us apart.”
The WEA secretary general explained that his home country of the Philippines, where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, can be seen as a model for good ecumenical relations.
SOURCE: Stoyan Zaimov