Services Focus on Church Unity: Foundation of Christ Is Theme for Week of Prayer

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams attended solemn vespers and preached at a service at the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January.

The Week of Prayer was observed Jan. 18 to 25, although some churches marked the event at other times.

Archbishop Williams' first official visit to the cathedral came as a result of an invitation by the archbishop, Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor.

Before the service, Archbishop Williams opened and toured an exhibit in the cathedral on Anglicanism, according to Anglican Communion News Service. The exhibit, entitled Anglicanism and the Western Tradition, charts the history of Anglicanism and highlights important ecumenical initiatives, including the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission. It was previously on display at the Vatican.

Prayer services were also held around the world to commemorate the Week of Prayer, whose theme was "Our Foundation is Jesus Christ."

In Canada, Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Collins led the opening prayer at a service held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton. Also in attendance were Dean Greg Kerr-Wilson of the Anglican diocese of Edmonton, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Steve Kristenson and Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Lawrence Huculak. …