Bruderhof community meets Pope

 Made public today were the Holy Father's remarks in English to several members of the Bruderhof Communities whom he received in the Vatican on June 26. Founded in Germany in 1920 this is an international movement of Christian communities that are located in North America, Europe and Australia. "You share a tradition," said the Pope, "in which Christ's call to discipleship finds expression in common life in the Spirit and in daily witness to the evangelical law of love. Christians always need to hear anew the radical summons to holiness which is the heart of our Saviour's message. Your witness to that message is especially reflected in your respect for God's creation and your deep commitment to defending the sacredness of all human life. "I greet you with affection in the Lord and I pray that the growing contacts with the Catholic Church which you are fostering will bear fruit in ever greater mutual understanding, respect and cooperation. May God our merciful Father pour out upon you and your communities his abundant blessings of wisdom, joy and peace." * Darvell Bruderhof in Robertsbridge, Sussex, is holding an open day on Saturday 10 July from 1pm-5pm. There will be children's activities, music, food and fellowship at this free event. The Darvell Bruderhof is located half a mile off the A21 At Brightling Road, Robertsbridge. Tel: 01580 88 33 00 for more information, or visit:

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