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Vatican - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) met on December 6 with
participants in a conference on Scripture, jointly organized by the
Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Baptist World Alliance.
The Holy Father expressed his hope for the success of the ecumenical
discussions. He noted that the discussion of Scripture "offers a
promising context for the examination of such historically controverted
issues as the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, the
understanding of Baptism and the Sacraments, the place of Mary in the
communion of the Church, and the nature of primacy in the Church's
The quest to restore Christian unity requires believers to address these
questions, acknowledging their disagreements, "in a spirit of openness,
mutual respect and fidelity to the liberating truth and saving power of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ," the Pontiff said. He added that ecumenism
is an obligation for all Christians, because the absence of unity
"openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to
the world, and harms the most holy cause of proclaiming the good news to