Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Marks 100 Years

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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an expression of the ecumenical movement, a global movement among Christians that seeks to heal divisions within the church, promote dialogues among churches and Christian communities, and encourage Christians worldwide to better understand and reflect on the message and implications of "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism."

Every year, on January 18-25, Christians worldwide are encouraged to pray together as an expression of unity.

This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the first Church Unity Octave held by Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement in 1908 to pray for Christian unity "without ceasing." Today, Christians around the world celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, with the encouragement of the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order Commission and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

In observance of the centenary, the Society of the Atonement will sponsor events throughout 2008 to promote Christian unity and share their successful experiences in the ecumenical movement. …