WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY AT THE HEART OF ECUMENISM – PAPAL CONDOLENCES FOR TERRORIST ATTACK IN BOGOTA

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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY AT THE HEART OF ECUMENISM

Pope Francis and other Christian leaders on Friday inaugurate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the celebration of evening Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
By Linda Bordoni (vaticannews)

The joint celebration that kicks off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a powerful symbol of unity and of the recognition that Christian denominations are on the path to unity and getting closer in doctrine.

The Week of Prayer, traditionally observed from January 18 to 25, unfolds this year on the theme “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” inspired by Deuteronomy.

Pope Francis looked ahead to the Week of Prayer during the Wednesday general audience, saying that, “Again, this year we are called to pray so that all Christians may once again be a single family, according to God’s will ‘so that they may all be one’.”

He pointed out that “ecumenism is not something optional” and said it aims “to develop a common and consistent witness that promotes true justice and support for the weakest through responses that are concrete, appropriate and effective”

Participating in Vespers at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls are also many faith-based groups that have made ecumenism an important part of their mission. Amongst them, the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, with 29 students from across the Christian spectrum and from across the globe.

Daniel Reffner, a United Methodist candidate for the ordained ministry from the United States, speaks to Linda Bordoni about his experience studying ecumenism at Bossey and about how it has changed his perspective:

To both read and listen to that interview, click here:
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-01/week-prayer-christian-unity-bossey-daniel-reffner.html

PAPAL CONDOLENCES FOR TERRORIST ATTACK IN BOGOTA

In a telegram sent on his behalf by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, Archbishop emeritus of Bogotá, Pope Francis has sent his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack that occurred yesterday:

“In the face of the news of the cruel terrorist attack that has sown pain and death in the city of Bogotá, Pope Francis expresses his deepest sorrow for the victims who have lost their lives in an inhuman action, and he offers prayers for the eternal repose of their souls. In these moments of great emotion and sadness, he wants to also send his support and closeness to the numerous wounded, to the families and to all of Colombian society.

“The Holy Father once again condemns blind violence, which is a serious offense to the Creator, and raises his prayers to the Lord that He may help people to persevere in building harmony and peace in that country and in the whole world.

“With these wishes, His Holiness invokes on all the victims, their families and the beloved people of Colombia, the Apostolic Blessing.”

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