Christian Unity a Priority, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 21, 2001 (

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The quest for unity among Christians is a priority commitment, John Paul II said.

The Holy Father stressed this point Sunday when he met with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter´s Square. The Bishop of Rome recalled that the close to 2 billion Christians of the world are holding a Week of Prayer in reparation for the broken unity. This event will end Thursday with a ceremony presided over by the Holy Father in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

The Pope explained that the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians «has a singular value this year because it is celebrated a few days after the closing of the Great Jubilee, during which we professed with renewed joy that Christ is the only Savior of the world yesterday, today and always.»

In fact, the Pontiff added, «the quest for unity, to which Christ´s disciples are called, is one of the tasks exacting the greatest commitment.»

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