Pope Francis welcomes a group of young Lutherans on an ecumenical pilgrimage from Germany to Rome.
By Christopher Wells
A group of some five hundred young Lutheran pilgrims from Germany greeted Pope Francis with song as he welcomed them to the Vatican on Monday morning.
The Holy Father took up the musical theme in his remarks to the pilgrims, saying, “Singing unites,” and explaining that “In the choir, no one is alone: it is important to listen to others.”
Pope Francis said he desired “this willingness to listen for the Church,” which is “learning it anew in the synodal process.”
He encouraged the pilgrims to also listen for “the melody of God” in their own lives, calling on them to open not only their ears, but also their hearts. “Whoever sings with an open heart,” he said, “already touches the mystery of God, perhaps without even realizing it.” This mystery, he said, “is love, the love that in Jesus Christ finds its splendid, full, and unique sound.”
And this, he said, “is also how ecumenism takes place,” not only in Germany, but throughout the world.