This article was originally published at Vatican Radio http://en.radiovaticana.va/news. Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council on Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report: After fifty years of patient dialogue, he said, “we are no longer strangers” but rather, through our shared Baptism, “members of the household of God”. True dialogue, the pope continued, gives us courage to encounter one another
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