» 01/21/2007, 00.00
Ecumenism, prayer and sharing are everyone's responsibility, says Pope
Benedict XVI invites the faithful to come and celebrate ecumenical Vespers on January 25, in St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica. He makes an appeal against toy guns.
Pope Benedict: Progress in ecumenism with prayers for unity
Benedict XVI highlights the initiative of the week of prayer for Christian unity. Concluding the week, January 25th, his first encyclical will be published, "Deus caritas est". A special blessing for the 500 years of the Swiss Guard. Concern for the situation in Ivory Coast.
Pope: Ecumenism, close to the Churches of Jerusalem
Benedict XVI recalls the trials faced by Christians in the Holy Land and the Middle East, even to the sacrifice of life. Every division is "an offense to Christ." This requires a process of conversion of the Church. Appointments for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: the meeting of the Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Ancient Oriental Churches, Vespers in the basilica of St. Paul, on 25 January.
Pope: Christian unity, a privileged way to announce the faith
At the end of the Week of Prayer, Benedict XVI said that doctrinal issues that still divide Christians "should not be overlooked or minimised. Instead, they must be faced with courage in a spirit of brotherhood and mutual respect." He also went on to say that Indian Christians are "at times called to bear witness to their faith in difficult conditions."
Christians are “too silent” in bearing witness to the world, says Pope
At the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Benedict XVI urges Christians to ask themselves if they “have become too silent”. Unit requires prayer and dialogue, but also bearing witness.
Pope: The world wants to see "the face of God", but only in unity can Christians display it
Benedict XVI's address for the general audience is dedicated to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the 100 years since its institution, Christians have established friendly relations and theological dialogue, but above all they have learned to pray together for the return to full communion.
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