Christians share same baptism, must pray together, pope tells gathering

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July 6, 2015

People pray as Pope Francis attends a meeting with Catholic charismatics in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 3. The meeting was with Catholics involved in the charismatic movement. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHARISMATICS July 6, 2015.

People pray as Pope Francis attends a meeting with Catholic charismatics in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican July 3. The meeting was with Catholics involved in the charismatic movement. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox must pray together and work hand-in-hand helping the poor, Pope Francis told thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of other Christian communities.

If the devil “unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?” he said, adding that all Christians can and must pray together, as they have all received the same baptism and are striving to follow Christ.

More than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square July 3 to take part in an ecumenical gathering of reflection, prayer and song dedicated to praying for unity and for those killed for their Christian faith around the world. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Israeli singer Noa were part of the lineup of performers.

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