“The Holy Spirit made manifest at Pentecost enabled people of diverse languages and cultures to understand the one message of salvation. The new evangelization means openness to the gifts of the Spirit wherever they might appear. Our response…is informed by a renewed vision of what it is to be Church….The Church of the twenty-first century will be, as it has always been, a Church of many cultures, languages and traditions, yet simultaneously one, as God is one—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—unity in diversity.” from Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, 2000
Now is the appropriate time for us to proclaim that we are one Church of many faces. The new millennium is an opportunity for the Church in the United States to engage in profound conversation about life and faith: to worship together, to learn from each other, to forgive one another and be reconciled, to acknowledge our unique histories, and to discover ways in which we as Catholic communities can be one Church yet come from diverse cultures and ethnicities. This is a process by which we can rediscover and gain greater appreciation of the universality of the Catholic Church and renew our commitment to our common identity and mission. As members of one family of God, we are called to encounter the living Jesus Christ by authentically receiving and reflecting his gracious hospitality in and through one another, as the way to conversion, communion, and solidarity.
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Welcoming the Stranger among Us: Unity in Diversity