Praying for the unity of Christians

We are currently in the midst of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  In 1997, Pope John Paul II surfaced the root cause of Christian disunity:

The true and ultimate reason for the division between Christians is human sin, which is a rebellion against God’s will. Precisely for this reason the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council stated: “There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without interior conversion” (Unitatis redintegratio, n. 7). This is why a firm will to conform one’s life to the Gospel, a will sustained by constant prayer, is required of all who wish to be effective builders of unity.


Pope Benedict XVI introduced this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, under the theme of ‘One in your hand’ (Ezekiel 37:17), by inviting us to “pray with greater intensity that Christians walk in a resolute way toward full communion with each other.”

Each year, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity offers resources, including daily selections from Sacred Scripture and accompanying meditations, for prayerful use during the week.  Zenit also publishes some information:  here are the meditations thus far for 1/18, 1/19 and 1/20.

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