"In recent months we have been looking for ways to tell Pope Francis more about our network called "Together for Europe ". We wanted to invite him to contribute via video to the public rally on 02/07/2016 at the Karlsplatz in Munich.
Then, when it became clear that on 3 September I would be presented with the opportunity to briefly speak to him during a private audience in occasion of the General Chapter of the Schoenstatt Community, I gladly accepted. The day before I had received the freshly printed brochure in Italian from the International Secretariat of "Together for Europe" in Rocca di Papa.
On September 7, 2015, at the invitation of the YMCA Montevideo (Uruguay) an open information evening was held about Together for Europe . Representatives from 10 different churches and members of the Focolare Movement and the YMCA accepted the invitation. Gerhard Pross, who happened to be in South America, gave a lively report with many inspiring examples on how the ‘Together ‘ is lived.
The "Five Keys to Unity" received special attention and were picked up upon in subsequent discussion. The reception which followed the talks provided participants with an excellent opportunity to share their experiences. Some of them were tossing the idea if it might be possible to start this ‘Together’ also in South America.
The encounter with Gerhard Pross encouraged those present to take steps in this direction.
Unity is possible. We have been experiencing it for more than 15 years among numerous Communities and Movements of various Churches. So a great desire for full, visible unity among all Christians has grown amongst us. On our journey we experienced reconciliation, a reconciliation that purified memory and gave us the courage to make our way into the future together. We live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we want to share it with the men and women of our time.
We want to overcome the divisions between people, between peoples and parties, between cultures and also between our Churches and Christian denominations. In 2016, we invite you to an experience of unity, a step deeper into a reconciled diversity of faiths and cultures. We believe that it will be possible for this to happen during the Congress and the public Outdoor Rally of “Together for Europe” in Munich, July 2, 2016.
Let us pray and work for a large participation that day, so as to give a strong sign of hope for the future.
The Communities and Movements of “Together for Europe 2016”