Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 12 June |
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
home iconChurch
line break icon

Pope: Over a cappuccino, let’s discover we are all children of the Father

AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE

BANGUI,AFRICA: Children touch the hand of Pope Francis as he visits a refugee camp after arriving in Bangui on November 29, 2015. Pope Francis arrived as "a pilgrim of peace" in conflict-ridden Central African Republic on November 29, flying in from Uganda on what will be the most dangerous destination of his three-nation Africa tour. AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 06/10/21

Regardless of the color of our skin, or where we're from, we are all children of the one same Father, says Pope Francis.

Pope Francis sent a brief video message to a group that was founded to promote unity, called the John 17 Movement, since John Chapter 17 contains the prayer of Christ, “That they all may be one.”

The founder of the movement is a friend of a friend of the pope’s, and thus the Holy Father has taken a special interest in the group. Furthermore, of course, the work for unity is very aligned with the pope’s own goals in his pontificate, as seen especially in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

The group was meeting in New York for a two-day at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Yonkers, New York. 

In the message, the pope urged an encounter with Jesus, an encounter with love, from which is born “friendship, brotherhood and the certainty of being children of the same Father.”

The John 17 Movement is about those who, around the table, drinking a cappuccino, dining or eating a gelato, discover they are brothers, not on account of their colour, nor their nationality, nor their place of origin, nor the different forms in which they live out their faith, but as children of the one same Father.

And even if there is no table, even if there is no cappuccino, even if there is no ice cream, even if there is no coffee, because there is poverty and there is war, we are still brothers, and we must say this to each other. Without thinking of our place of origin, or of our nationality, or of the colour of our skin: We are children of the one same Father.

At the end of the message, the Pope made his customary request that we pray for him, but he added, “because this work is not easy at all!”

Tags:
Pope Francis
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
3
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
4
BIEDNY CZŁOWIEK
Daniel Esparza
Were Jesus and Joseph really carpenters?
5
PRAY
Philip Kosloski
Offer your heart to Jesus with this prayer
6
RAIN
Kathleen N. Hattrup
3 three-word prayers to turn your day around
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.