"Significant Gestures" of Ecumenical Dialogue Urged

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II encouraged “significant gestures” of ecumenical dialogue on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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“I invite every community to offer significant gestures of meeting and ecumenical dialogue and to implore God for the gift of full unity among all the disciples of Christ,” the Pope said in today’s Angelus address.

The Week of Prayer, which will be observed in most countries Jan. 18-25, has as its theme, “Christ, Only Foundation of the Church.”

The Holy Father invoked Mary so that “her maternal intercession will help Christians to be of one heart and one soul.”

The text of the materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are posted at the Web page of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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