(telegraph.co.uk) The Pope, who is in Australia to celebrate Catholic festival World Youth Day, called on leaders from the Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Uniting churches to fight for unity.
Speaking at a meeting of 50 Christian leaders at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral, he said: “I think you would agree that the ecumenical movement has reached a critical juncture.”
“We must guard against any temptation to view doctrine as divisive and hence an impediment to the seemingly more pressing and immediate task of improving the world in which we live.”
The Pope said Christians must “work together” to ensure the religion attracted new followers.
His comments come as 650 Anglican bishops from around the world gathered in Canterbury in the run up to the once-a-decade Lambeth conference. During the 20-day conference the Anglican leaders will attempt to avert a schism in the church over the ordination of women and gays.