In describing the vademecum, and the work that went into crafting the text, Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, highlighted the council’s work with the World Council of Churches.
“In the realm of spiritual ecumenism, one of the main activities of the Pontifical Council is the preparation each year, in cooperation with the World Council of Churches, of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,” wrote Farrell.
In order to promote the ecumenical spirit in the Catholic Church, the Pontifical Council has also recently equipped itself with new instruments. “First of all, a website (www.christianunity.va) which, in addition to offering updates on the ecumenical activity of the Holy See, presents all the ecumenical documents published since the time of the Second Vatican Council in order to encourage the study and reception of these texts,” wrote Farrell.
Adding to this is a new journal, “Acta Œcumenica,” a new format of the “Information Service/Service d’information” bulletin which, published by the dicastery for more than 50 years, constitutes an authentic archive of the ecumenical commitment of the Catholic Church.
These new tools reflect the ongoing commitment of the Pontifical Council to nurturing mutual understanding and reciprocal trust. “In spite of everything, 2020 did not halt the journey toward the restoration of unity for which the Lord Jesus prayed at the Last Supper,” wrote Farrell.
“Mutual understanding and reciprocal trust,” article in L’Osservatore Romano, by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: www.oikoumene.org/week-of-prayer