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After centuries of separation and conflict, Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic Christians have found a significant way to dialogue with one another through the ecumenical movement. Vatican II, concluded 50 years ago, issued a decree on the promotion of Christian unity.
Among the many initiatives fostering unity is the annual Week for Christian Unity, January 18 to 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. This week of celebration of unity was begun 1908 by an Anglican pastor from North America, Paul Wattson, who later converted to Catholicism. Now it is common even in our joint celebrations, to ask the Lord to make "one flock, one shepherd" (Jn 10:16) to fulfill what Christ wants of his followers: "That all may be one "(Jn 17, 21).
Pope Francis recently said: "I bless all those who work for dialogue and Christian unity." May the blessing of God be upon us, our prayers, our attitudes of acceptance and mutual esteem, that we all may be bridge builders of unity, as Christ desires.