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Pope FrancisOnce again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, “the very first and greatest evangelizer” (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away. So it is important to ask ourselves certain questions about our Christian identity and our responsibility as believers in a world marked by confusion, disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars that unjustly target the innocent. What is the basis of our mission? What is the heart of our mission? What are the essential approaches we need to take in carrying out our mission?

Pope Francis 06 2017Pope Francis said that God’s love isn’t something we earn or deserve by our good works, but that it is free and unconditional – no matter what.

“God's first step towards us is that of an anticipated and unconditional love. God loves first,”“

God does not love us because there is some reason that causes love. God loves us because He Himself is love, and love tends to spread and give by its nature. God does not even tie his benevolence to our conversion: if anything this is a consequence of God's love.”

EBW 2017 LogoEcumenical Bible Week takes place from Pentecost (4th June) to Trinity Sunday. There’s a wide variety in the programme this year, including a symposium on the Reformation and Thinking Allowed Itis recommended to book for the Symposium which will be held onFriday, 9th June, from 2.00pm, chaired by Archbishop Michael Jackson) consists of two papers and a discussion. Prof. Tony Lane will open the proceedings with a discussion of the agreed statement on justification, signed by the World Lutheran Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The second paper, by Prof Salvador Ryan, asks the question “How should we remember the Reformation?” The Thinking Allowed event, also on Friday 9 th at 7.30 pm, offers again reflections, this time from four different traditions. They will all respond to one question: Is the Reformation over? All details are on