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Document Bishop Pierre Duprey
From a condolence letter by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (in French).
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Document 2014 Worship and background material
Brochure for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015
Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is rooted in the experience of the churches in Brazil.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016
The calling shared by all the baptized to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord forms the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2016. Inspired by two verses from the First Letter of St Peter, members of different churches in Latvia prepared the resources for the week.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
It was in the context of the Reformation Anniversary that the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. It quickly became clear that the materials for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would need to have two accents: on the one hand, there should be a celebration of God’s love and grace, the “justification of humanity through grace alone”, reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation. On the other hand, the materials should also recognize the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the Church, openly name the guilt, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Ultimately it was Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) which provided the theme for this year, when it used the quote: “The Love of Christ Compels Us” (Paragraph 9). With this scripture (2 Cor 5:14), taken in the context of the entire fifth chapter of the second letter to the Corinthians, the German committee formulated the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2017
Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018
Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one. It is a song of triumph over oppression. This theme has been taken up in a hymn, The Right Hand of God, written in a workshop of the Caribbean Conference of Churches in August 1981, which has become an “anthem” of the ecumenical movement in the region, translated into a number of different languages.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2018
Document Homily during morning prayer at the Ecumenical Centre
Reflection on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 by Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi, WCC Faith and Order programme executive.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2018
Document Ninth report of the Joint Working Group
This report outlines the activities of the JWG during 2007-2012 and includes the two study documents and reflections on the role of youth. The JWG members offer these texts to the parent bodies, i.e. the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Council of Churches (WCC), and hope that they will be received by churches and Christians around the world, inspiring them in their own ecumenical journey.
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the WCC