In a moving video, Pope Francis speaks about Christian unity to an American Pentecostal conference. He expresses his joy that that the conference attendees have come together to worship God, and speaks movingly of the simple grammar of the language of the heart: love God, love our neighbor.
But he speaks also of his nostalgia, his yearning for Christian unity:
We are kind of… permit me to say, separated. Separated because … sin … has separated us, all our sins. The misunderstandings throughout history. It has been a long road of sins that we all shared in. Who is to blame? We all share the blame. We have all sinned. There is only one blameless, the Lord. I am nostalgic [yearning], that this separation comes to an end and gives us communion.
He then speaks humbly but powerfully about the ways that God brings us back together.
The striking thing about the video is how much he makes use of the language of family—he introduces the idea of separation in the Church by speaking of separated families, and he reminds us of the reunion of Joseph with his brothers in Egypt. He speaks of Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, who invited him to give the message, as his “brother bishop.” Throughout, he speaks to his Pentecostal listeners as a brother.
Watch the whole thing. It’s a profound expression God’s love for us and of the possibility of realizing our kinship in Christ.