mind the principle of the hierarchy of truths, we
will be able to progress decidedly towards com-
mon expressions of proclamation, service and
witness. The immense numbers of people who
have not received the Gospel of Jesus Christ
cannot leave us indifferent. Consequently, com-
mitment to a unity which helps them to accept
Jesus Christ can no longer be a matter of mere
diplomacy or forced compliance, but rather an
indispensable path to evangelization. Signs of
division between Christians in countries ravaged
by violence add further causes of conflict on the
part of those who should instead be a leaven of
peace. How many important things unite us! If
we really believe in the abundantly free working
of the Holy Spirit, we can learn so much from
one another! It is not just about being better in-
formed about others, but rather about reaping
what the Spirit has sown in them, which is also
meant to be a gift for us. To give but one exam-
ple, in the dialogue with our Orthodox brothers
and sisters, we Catholics have the opportunity
to learn more about the meaning of episcopal
collegiality and their experience of synodality.
Through an exchange of gifts, the Spirit can lead
us ever more fully into truth and goodness.
Relations with Judaism
247. We hold the Jewish people in special re-
gard because their covenant with God has never
been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God
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