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Pope: Divisions among Christians are a scandal

In a climate of great solemnity and recollection, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the courtyard of the apostolic palace of Etchmiadzin, a name that means “the Descent of the Only-Begotten.” Before a crowd of thousands of people, Pope Francis thanked the Catholicos Karekin II for the welcome and hospitality he received. The Holy Father remarked on the joy of coming together as brothers, and of the power of praying together and sharing “the hopes and concerns of the Church of Christ.” The Church should have but one heart, but instead unfortunately bears the scandalous signs of division. “May an ardent desire for unity rise up in our hearts,” he said, “a unity that must not be “the submission of one …

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