The Word Among Us

October 2017 Issue

The Miracle of Unity Has Begun

Overturning centuries of division.

The Miracle of Unity Has Begun: Overturning centuries of division.

In January 2014, Pope Francis surprised the world with a short, impromptu video that he recorded on a friend’s iPhone. The friend was Tony Palmer, a bishop from a little-known branch of the Anglican Church, and they had been discussing a conference that Bishop Palmer was set to attend. The conference was a gathering of Pentecostal leaders, and Palmer invited the pope to record a greeting to them.

So without any script or rehearsal, Pope Francis addressed his “dear brothers and sisters”: It is my pleasure to greet...

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