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Praying and working for Christian Unity: January 18th-25th

In many churches around the world the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held each year from January 18th-25th.

This is an ideal time for Christians from different churches to get together in dialogue and prayer to move at least a step closer to the unity among Christians which is so close to the heart of Jesus, “Holy Father keep those you have given me true to your name, that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11)

There are many themes and suggestions for prayer to be found on the internet approved by the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. But it often takes the initiative of a few Christians to get things started at the local level. By the time you read this it may be too late for 2018 – why not start planning for January 2019?

Many Churches and Catholic parishes are already working quietly together on the principle of “Let us do nothing apart that we can legitimately go together.” One example is having a common procession outside the church on Palm Sunday (March, 25 2018).

Working and praying for Church Unity is also called “the Ecumenical Movement.” Ecumenism is a wider term: it refers also to dialogue between people of different Christian communities, a theme which is very central to Pope Francis approach to ministry.

Father Charles Searson SJ National Secretary
Apostleship of Prayer Lusaka, Zambia

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