christian unity

Broken world needs Christian unity, pope tells Christian leaders

Pope Francis attended an encounter at the World Council of Churches’ ecumenical center in Geneva June 21.

GENEVA — Not only God, but today's broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva.

"Our differences must not be excuses," he said, adding that as Christ's disciples, Christians can still pray together, evangelize and serve others.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity focuses on overcoming division

Numerous people walked through a gap in the Berlin Wall at the Bernauer Strasse in Berlin Nov. 10, 1989, after the border was opened. The prayer intentions written by Germans for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity call to mind the Berlin Wall.

VATICAN CITY — When a group of German Christians was asked in 2014 to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, their choice of a "wall" as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly referred to the Berlin Wall.

The German reflections on the power of prayer to bring down walls and the Gospel call to reconciliation were adopted by the World Council of Church's Faith and Order Commission and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and proposed to Christians worldwide for the Jan. 18-25 octave of prayer.

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