VATICAN - Like the Magi, in search of the light that will overcome the darkness of these difficult times

Monday, 17 January 2022 ecumenicalism   pope francis  

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - From January 18 to 25, 2022 the usual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" will be celebrated, as Pope Francis reminded us at the Angelus yesterday, Sunday January 16. "This year’s proposal mirrors the experience of the Magi who came from the East to Bethlehem to honour the Messianic King - explained the Pontiff -. We Christians, in the diversity of our confessions and traditions, are also pilgrims on the way toward full unity, and we will draw near our goal to the extent that we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, our only Lord. During the Week of Prayer, let us offer our difficulties and sufferings for the unity of Christians".
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 is on the theme “We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Mt 2:2) and has been prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches. "Never before, as in these difficult times, do we feel the need for a light that overcomes the darkness, and that light, Christians proclaim, has been revealed in Jesus Christ", stressed the World Council of Churches when introducing the theme. Some scheduled events have been modified or canceled due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, January 25, at 5.30 p.m., in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the Holy Father Francis will preside over the celebration of Second Vespers on the Solemnity of the Conversion of the Apostle Saint Paul, at the end of the week of prayer for Christian unity, with the participation of representatives of the different Christian communities. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 17/1/2022)