Week of prayer for Christian unity begins

Today begins the week of prayer for Christian unity. Pope Francis will celebrate it by praying vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 5:30p.m. This year’s theme is  “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue,” inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20.

“The theme recalls divine justice and mercy,” explains Msgr. Marco Gnavi. He is in charge of the Office for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue for the Diocese of Rome. “It is now critical for communities of believers, in a time marked by increasing inequalities and a climate of lack of empathy. Furthermore, the prayer material was created by a group of Indonesian Christians living in a multi-religious context. They are a minority in a country with an Islamic majority, believing in the cohabitation and coexistence of all religions. In this way, they help us broaden our gaze to how Christians can live out their fidelity to the Gospel on a global scale.”

During the week of prayer, there will be many ecclesial realities that will incitiate programs aimed at raising awareness of ecumenism and dialogue.

Read the article on Zenit.org