January 17, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Every year a delegation from Finland's Lutheran Church
comes to Rome to celebrate the life of St. Henry of Uppsala
, the country's patron saint. The Pope thanked the group for its visit and highlighted the week for Christian Unity, which begins on January 18th.
“To advance in the ways of ecumenical communion, thus demands that we become ever more united in prayer, ever more committed to the pursuit of holiness, and ever more engaged in the areas of theological research and cooperation in the service of a just and fraternal society”.
As a gift, the delegation gave the Pope a painting done by an artist who is quite popular in his native Finland.
The Pope said he hopes these ecumenical meetings held in Rome
can further strengthen the relationship among all Christians in Finland