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For the first time

since our Pilgrimages

began, Jesus Christ

gave Vassula a Message to

be read out by her while we

would all be gathered in Rome for

our 10th ecumenical pilgrimage. [see page 24 for Message,

dated June 2, 2015]. In that Message our Lord is pouring out

the fullness of His Mercy on us in these last days, asking His

shepherds once again to reconcile and come to a complete

Unity, removing divisions among themselves by the power of

His Holy Spirit. Jesus was not mincingHis words, but was, as

always, direct and clear. The Message was breath-taking and

uplifting at the same time. Christ is reminding his shepherds

that we are joined in one baptism and asks them to share the

mystery of the Eucharist. There is one Body, one Spirit, one

Lord, one Faith, one God the Father of all and through all,

and He lives in all of us…

This Message could do nothing but bring the hearts of all the

pilgrims together, in praise and worship, to feel in their spirit

that they are one family; all children of God are truly one in

Christ, belonging together to eternal life in God’s Kingdom.

Some who attended this pilgrimage came from afar,

altogether from 65 different countries. This multi-national

gathering alone shows how True Life in God has spread

around the world. It can only be God who could extend

His Works in such a magnified way. The clergy, along

with the lay people were from 15 different Christian

denominations. From the 700 people gathered, the clergy

alone were 104. There were Anglicans, ArmenianOrthodox,

Copts, Ethiopian Catholics and Ethiopian Orthodox,

one Evangelical, Greek Orthodox, Lutherans, Maronites,

Melkite Catholics, Roman Catholics, Romanian Orthodox,

Syrian Malankaras, and members from the Delhi Orthodox

Church; praise be the Lord!

It is so clear that the Lord guides these pilgrimages with

power, for Vassula, his instrument of Unity, on her own,

without the Hand of God, would in no way have been able

to have gathered all these pilgrims from different Churches

and bring them to join in Rome to form one Church in

its diversity. It is as though we hear Jesus saying,

‘I shall

increase them, and the nations will learn that I am the

Lord, the sanctifier of contrite hearts.’

For 10 years now, there has been an interfaith presence from

Bangladesh at our pilgrimages. Faithfully and unfailingly,

the presence of the Venerable Mahathero Suddhananda

was escorted by two of his loyal Buddhists. Their speeches

express peace and harmony for the whole world and the

Buddhist monks are grateful that our

Churches are as well seeking harmony

between us and peace in the world.The

Venerable, upon seeing Vassula’s efforts

of so many years for promoting peace,

reconciliation and Unity around the

world, had shown his appreciation

by inviting her to their Monastery in

Bangladesh, Dhaka, three times on

three different occasions to offer her

the gold medal award. One of these

times they honored her to receive

the gold medal award by the Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina who was

invited to their function.

Here are Ethiopian Greek Orthodox clergy with BishopMarkos GebremedhinWoldesenbet

along with Fr. Nestor Caber. At the far right is Vincentian priest Fr. Rolando Tuazon.